Frazier Optimistic Simpson Will Practice This Week, Play On Sunday

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 10, 2012 – 2:51 pm

About the only reservation the Vikings had coming away from their win last Sunday over the Tennessee Titans was the leg condition WR Jerome Simpson experienced on Sunday morning. Numbness and weakness in his leg didn’t keep him from playing, but it did prevent him from making the kind of impact he and the team envisioned.

Ambiguity about the condition persisted on Monday when Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier met with reporters, as he disclosed that more was to be learned about the condition after Simpson underwent more testing.

The Vikings and Simpson have gained some clarity since, according to Frazier. While speaking with reporters on Wednesday, Frazier explained that the problems Simpson experienced on Sunday were actually attributed to a back ailment of some kind. The inexactness of the injury naturally causes some uneasiness, and even though Frazier said the Vikings would hold Simpson out of practice on Wednesday, the Vikings are hopeful that their speedy WR will return to practice this week and perhaps even play on Sunday.

“We don’t think it’s anything long-term,” Frazier said. “We just want him to continue to go through some of the exercises that (Head Athletic Trainer) Eric Sugarman and his staff will take him through today (Wednesday). We may get him back at practice tomorrow, hopefully for sure on Friday. But he may be back tomorrow.

“The good news is there’s no surgery required or anything like that. He should be fine over time.”

Asked specifically by reporters if Simpson could play on Sunday, Frazier again expressed optimism.

“Yeah, all indications are there’s a very good chance,” he said. “We’ll know more, how he responds to some of the treatment they give him today. Hopefully we’ll get him back out at practice tomorrow. We don’t think it’s anything long-term at all.”

A look at the Vikings season stats would not lead one to believe that Simpson’s absence is significant to the Vikings offense. But the numbers don’t tell the whole story. In his first game back after missing the opening three contests, Simpson led the Vikings in receiving with 4 receptions for 50 yards. More than just those 4 receptions, though, Simpson’s value to the team is also reflected in how opposing defenses defend him.

“You saw in that Detroit game, the impact he had when he got single coverage,” Frazier explained. “He’s a tough guy to defend. And even when you have pretty good coverage, like that last play (vs. Detroit) when he caught that 27-yarder, his athletic ability sometimes overrides the coverage. You need a guy like that who can make that difficult catch even though he may seem to be covered.”

Frazier also pointed out that the Vikings are seeing a lot of single-high safety looks from opposing defenses, a strategy designed to slow down the Vikings ground game. But having a receiver who can win vs. coverage downfield causes defenses to mix in more two-high safeties, making it easier for the Vikings to run the ball.

“Of late, we’ve seen a lot of single-high safety,” Frazier said. “So one of the reasons Percy was able to get down the sidelines in that game on Sunday was they chose to play single-high, [and] he was able to behind the guy and make a great play for us. But Jerome will hopefully help us to be able to get more two-high safeties than what we’re currently getting, and so we look forward to having him back full-speed.”

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40 Responses to “Frazier Optimistic Simpson Will Practice This Week, Play On Sunday”

  1. By VikesShield on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    1st COMMENT :D

  2. By Spencer on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    Great to hear, hopefully he can terrorize DeAngelo Hall on Sunday.

  3. By VikesShield on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    h3llzz ya

  4. By Spencer on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    Alan Williams- please continue allowing our Cornerbacks to play press coverage.

    None of that playing 10yds away from the line of scrimmage.

  5. By GMan on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    Go Vikings

  6. By RichardA1 on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    The Lassoing Vikings Defense, Hee Haw Yahoo.

  7. By Rudso on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    What the h3ll was everyone talking about Simpson possibly out until after the Vikings bye week?

  8. By Ozzinator on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    How come I don’t hear anyone talking about Mistral Raymond?

  9. By Muskyfever on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply


    Because he is hurt and out for a few more weeks

  10. By vikescot on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    Why did’nt anyone ask Coach Frazier about Simpson’s “high falutting spring board entrance” to begin Sundays game . It looked to me like he had great strength and “push and / or drive” in both legs when he made that “hot dog” maneuver b4 game started. Maybe that self promoting “stunt” tweeked his back and or hammie to prevent him from playing at full speed… You can see it at beginning of game as players are introduced….. I am very interested in that question being answered !

  11. By odark30 on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    He holds records for high-jump and long-jump at Coastal Carolina Univ. I doubt that Bruce Lee move would hurt him.

  12. By xmasboy on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    Love Joe Webb in the locker room after every win. He’s just like a kid back there doing nothing but along for the ride! SKOL!

  13. By PurplHaze on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    Keep RG3 from getting to the edge when he takes off and we should be OK. PRESSURE, PRESSURE, AND MORE PRESSURE! SKOL!!!

  14. By Parkway on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    Just ring his bell once or twice early and that should do it

  15. By T.HARRIS on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    Let me say this about Aromashodu he’s been catching the ball and keeping the chains moving.So OTKALIL2012 I don’t know y u said get rid of him he’s doing more than Carlson.

  16. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    Titus is in DA HOUSE!!!

  17. By liito on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    Mr. Spielman,
    Besides Harvin and possibly a healthy Simpson, why wait till next year to get a Randy Moss- type, genuine deep threat wideout for C. Ponder? Would a lack of a vertical threat be an excuse for not advancing in the playoffs if Vikes get there? Get a tall receiver who wants to have the ball thrown to him . . . someone agressive like Percy. Go Vikes!

  18. By odark30 on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    Even if RG3 plays on Sunday, i doubt we will see him on too many designed run plays this soon after a being concussed. Our defense has a bit of a reputation as being head-hunters.

  19. By odark30 on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    you mean like Jerome Simpson?

  20. By Alex on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    So why were people on the blog saying he had disk issues and would be out for multiple weeks?
    I’ve had disk problems while playing football when I was in High school its pretty serious stuff and can really mess you up if you aren’t careful. Glad to hear that Jerome will hopefully play on Sunday.

  21. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings by 14.

  22. By Spencer on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    This defense let Plain Garbage I mean Blaine Gabbert have a career day against them.

    So RGIII worries me.

  23. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    Who is Blaine Gabbert?

  24. By vikingology1 on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    Vikes will prevail.

  25. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    Blaine Gabbert is the Redskins’ quarterback now?

  26. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    I think the Vikes lose three more games, maybe four, tops– at Chicago, at Houston, and at Seattle.
    And Tampa could be the upset.

  27. By H.M.G. on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    Holy moley and crack a doley.
    Lose 3-4 more games and you think one will be the Chickadies or Buccies!?
    I thought you were the eternal optimist Impy Titus.
    I would never count these Vikings out.

  28. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    Seattle I am saying for sure– Tampa may be the upset. That is optimistic– 13-3 or 12-4– what more do you want after a 3-13 season.

  29. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    Who is Impy?

  30. By Muskyfever on Oct 11, 2012 | Reply

    OK of all the games that we play for the rest of the season, it really dpeneds on how teams are playing on the back half of the season before I am going to make my predictions to who we will win or lose too.

    However I don’t think seattle will be one of them. They have a fantastic D… But thats about it.. Our D will shut down their Run game and pass game all day long. I bet when we play the Seahawks that they don’t score a single point… NOT ONE… GO VIKES!

  31. By sandiamond on Oct 11, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder wants Simpson back on the field, but he has been impressed with some under-the-radar backups who have filled in.

    “We got a lot of depth at the receiver position,” Ponder said. “Having the veteran guys like Michael Jenkins and Devin Aromashodu, and Stephen Burton has really stepped in.

    “They’re doing a great job, and obviously Jerome is going to be even better when we put him on the field. But we’re winning without him, and we’ve shown we have all the right pieces.”

  32. By sandiamond on Oct 11, 2012 | Reply

    “we’ve shown we have all the right pieces.” not exactly what most of the fan base agrees with but we shall see……..

  33. By Muskyfever on Oct 11, 2012 | Reply

    Sandiamond –

    I read the Frazier, Ponder quotes as well. Obviously Ponder needs to speak highly of his Reciever core. However Ponder saying that our Receiver core has “depth” i think is an overstatement. We have recievers… yes, but none of which the talent is even close to matched with Harvin. I like what Aromashadu has been able to do over the first 5 weeks, he just needs to stay consistent if he wants to keep his job next year. I think Burton is under utilized. I personally think he could be a good #2 wide out if Simpson can’t play for whatever reason.

    I think it is better then we all think it is, but I don’t think it compares to some of the Wide out cores in the rest of the league… Like the GMEN for example… Nicks, Cruze and Hixon are getting it done. 49ers, Moss, Crabtree and Manningham. Another great group. But hey at least we aren’t in the shoes of the NY Jets who litterally use their DB’s as wide outs as they are spread soooo thin. I guess things could always be worse

  34. By sandiamond on Oct 11, 2012 | Reply

    Good point about the core of the wide receiver group not being above average in the NFL. I trust the coaches choices 100% if they would just choose 2 out of 3 of our core and let’s move on!!! Jenk, Aroma, Burton

  35. By sandiamond on Oct 11, 2012 | Reply

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  38. By Old School on Oct 13, 2012 | Reply

    The Simpson issue is a big issue! We needed him in the line-up after his 3 games were served. Now, the guy we counted on to go deep and pull the covered with him is good….not good…….good……..not good!

    We can’t have that!

    We need someone now! Having had back problems myself over the years, I knew when they said he was having numb leg….weakness in his leg that he had a disc issue and that my friends does not go away over night and is or can be reoccurring!


  39. By Old School on Oct 13, 2012 | Reply

    Somebody needs to step up and fill that spot of a deep threat or we will feel that over the next few games!

  40. By Nightlazer on Oct 13, 2012 | Reply

    Muskyfever we were thin last year for WR, but this year we have at less the 2 rookies from the draft… but i don’t know if we can keep counting on Simpson, my thing is i liked him when he did the Big play jump last year for a TD, yet i don’t think he can be a start anymore of us then he was for his last team… I just hope Jenkings can make plays, he with Harving should be starting WR and Simpson should just play back up.. at less then we have the field full with someone that can speed on the field and someone that is tall enough to just catch the ball if Harving is double covered

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