Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson was arrested for DUI on Saturday, leaving his future in Minnesota in some doubt. As recently as yesterday, Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier was noncommittal on Simpson’s status for this week’s game, thus creating an even larger cloud over Simpson’s head. Simpson is an enigma thanks to his acrobatic plays and off-the-field exploits, since we all remember his famous weed bust a few years ago. His DUI arrest put him in precarious position, but we haven’t heard any negative indications to this point (a bit surprising). Keep a close eye on further developments regarding Simpson, but it sounds like he’s going to be active this week.
Leslie Frazier’s noncommittal tone yesterday changed a bit today, as he stated that Simpson will “probably” play in this week’s big game against the Seattle Seahawks. From Frazier, “From what I heard this morning he probably will be playing this Sunday.”
It’s very interesting that he started off the statement with, “From what I heard”, because that indicates Frazier isn’t speaking off-the-cuff or anything; he has legitimate information that he received just today. Jerome Simpson hasn’t seemed worried about being inactive for this week’s game against the Seahawks, and it’s safe to expect him to play this week. Again, watch for further developments regarding Simpson’s status and any potential news of discipline, because it is a very fluid situation. But with this quote from Frazier, it seems like Simpson will most likely be out there on Sunday.