Being able to make on-the-fly adjustments is a necessary skill for NFL teams that want to be successful. The Vikings went through that drill with Jerome Simpson after their speedy receiver experienced discomfort in his leg before Sunday’s victory over the Tennessee Titans. The injury did not prevent Simpson from playing in the game, but it did limit his ability to impact the game.
Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier held his customary day-after-the-game press conference at Winter Park on Monday and was asked about the situation. He explained that Simpson first experienced the ailment when he woke up on Sunday morning.
“We didn’t know anything was wrong until the morning of the game,” Frazier explained. “I got a call yesterday (Sunday), I got a call, a text actually from (Head Athletic Trainer) Eric Sugarman saying there was something wrong with Jerome. Then when I got to the stadium and he (Sugarman) comes in my office and explains to me what’s going on, it wasn’t the conversation I was expecting to have on a day of the game.”
Frazier described the issue as “numbness, some weakness” in the leg and that Simpson was fine walking but wasn’t able to push off. After observing Simpson workout before the game, doctors and coaches determined that Simpson was at no further risk by playing. So Simpson dressed for the game, but he was unable to make an impact. Simpson was targeted three times and didn’t catch a pass.
“We had a big package for Jerome in this game,” Frazier said. “We really felt like there were some things we could utilize his abilities and make some plays for us.”
The question now is: Will Simpson be able to make any plays for the Vikings any time soon?
“We’ll learn more, as I mentioned, throughout the day,” Frazier said. “But from everything I’ve been told, we shouldn’t be afraid to the point where we’re going to lose him for a long period of time. But everything is not conclusive as we speak.”
While ambiguity remains on Simpson’s condition, nothing Frazier said on Monday should sound any alarms about long-term problems. We’ll keep you posted on the issue and provide updates when appropriate.
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