The NFL upheld Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson's three-game suspension stemming from a drunken-driving arrest last November.

In a statement released by the NFL on Friday, the league announced the three-game ban for violating its substance abuse policy and program.

Simpson will be eligible to return to the Vikings' active roster on Sept. 22, a day after the game against the New Orleans Saints.

David Valentini, one of Simpson's attorneys, said the league regards the wide receiver as a repeat offender of its substance-abuse policy, despite the arrest being his first alcohol-related offense.

Simpson's attorneys previously argued that he should not be suspended after his Nov. 9 arrest in Minneapolis. Simpson later pleaded guilty to careless driving and refusing to submit to a chemical test. He completed a community service requirement for the offense in the spring.

The NFL banned Simpson three games in 2012 season after he pled guilty to mailing two pounds of marijuana to his house in Kentucky while he was playing with the Cincinnati Bengals. He was jailed 15 days and placed on three years' probation.

His probation was transferred from Kentucky to Minnesota after the drunken-driving arrest.

The Vikings re-signed Simpson to a one-year, $1 million contract in the spring. He has been listed on the team's depth chart at No. 3 at wide receiver.

Simpson made 48 catches for 726 yards with a touchdown last year.