Jerome Simpson On Track To Play Sunday?

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 18, 2012 – 5:51 am

When healthy and playing in games, WR Jerome Simpson has been a productive player for the Vikings. Against the Detroit Lions in Week 4, he was the team’s leading receiver with 4 receptions for 50 yards, plus he drew a pair of pass interference penalties downfield that led to scores.

The only problem is that’s really the only game Simpson was healthy and on the field. He missed the first three games due to a suspension, returned for Week 4, and then woke up with leg numbness/weakness the morning of the Vikings Week 5 contest against Tennessee. The leg condition limited Simpson’s impact in the Titans game, and it subsequently limited him in practice all week leading up to last Sunday’s game in Washington.

Simpson was listed as questionable for the Redskins game, but made the trip with his teammates and was hopeful of being in the lineup. Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier decided against it, though, and instead deactivated him for the game. The Vikings could’ve used some extra juice in the passing game against the Redskins, and Simpson is capable of providing it.

“Just that Thursday and Friday when he worked, I just, even in talking with him, realized he couldn’t push off the way he wanted to,” Frazier said on Wednesday. “He wasn’t comfortable mentally completely with where he was. Just wanted to be smart, give him a little bit more time. It’s a long season, and he feels good today (Wednesday) and that’s good sign, so we’ll see how he does in practice.”

Simpson did well in practice, at least according to the injury report. He was listed as a full participant in practice, a status he never accomplished last week while preparing to play the Redskins. Being a full participant in practice on Wednesday is a big first step in being given the green light to play on Sunday. But work remains, coaches and the Vikings medical staff will be curious to see how Simpson’s body responds to the first day of practice.

“Oh, no question,” Frazier responded when asked if he was still looking for a step forward from Simpson this week in practice. “Don’t want to put him in a situation where you feel like he can’t protect himself or do the things he needs to do to play at the level he wants to play at and that we want him to play at, for sure.

“He says he’s fine so he’ll get a chance to practice today (Wednesday) and go through everything so we’ll reassess it after practice, but he feels like he’s ready to go.”

While Frazier and the Vikings demonstrated last week that they won’t take any chances with a player’s health by putting him in a game before he’s ready, the sense coming from Winter Park on Wednesday is that Simpson came a step closer to being in the lineup this Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. No one is making any promises yet, but so far the indications are good.

“I hope so,” Frazier said. “As I mentioned on Monday, he’s a competitor, he’s a guy who wants to be out there and we want him out there as well. He’s a weapon that we sorely would love to have on the field. He has big-play capability and we want to utilize his abilities.”

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67 Responses to “Jerome Simpson On Track To Play Sunday?”

  1. By Mike B. on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply


  2. By Mike B. on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    We need Simpson out there to keep the defense from bringing so many to the line when Peterson is in. We need to show those defenses if you fill up the box we will throw it to Simpson and you will get burnt. This should open the running game more. Run first is pretty easy to defend against. Need to have a more flexible game plan. We become too predictiable with the Run First philosophy.

  3. By vikingfanforlife on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Let the man play already..Do it now

  4. By Mike B. on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Wobby I still disagree with the team not looking at those top tier WR that are availible for pick up. Simpson has had problems keeping healthy and almost everyone that’s watch a game can see the other WR are not getting open (exception Harvin). Even with the hype and personal baggage it couldn’t hurt to bring one of those guys in as insurance that we have a deep threat. Moss is working out in San Fran. Why not one of those other guys here.

  5. By Mike B. on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    I think the team is too cautious about bringing a name Vet as it may appear that the team is trying a quick fix. I don’t see the Deep Threat WR as a quick fix, but a essential need since the other WR (exception Harvin) can’t seem to get open.

  6. By adrian peterson & percy Harvin fan on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    I think that if we get into the playoffs, they will sign a free agent player because they will need just more then harvin and simpson to get deep into the playoffs… or how about a guy like Aromashudu have his breakout season or hw about wright get tried for his frst game season and breakout with 144 receiving yards and 1td… and play like that for the rest of the season…

    It would take a lot of pressure away from percy and A.p.

  7. By marshhof on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply


  8. By adrian peterson & percy Harvin fan on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    All most every Vikings fans are asking why isent jarius wright playing…give the young man a chance, he impressed me more then Stephon Burton and Micheal Jenkins did during the preseason…. he will be even more of a treat if he gaind some weight and lifted weights ah whole lot more…
    He can be another Percy if he did that because there speed is alike and there height is alike… all he need is to get stronger and to gain a lil power..

  9. By DeerTracks on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Mike B.

    Happy you mentioned Moss in S.F. As you know, we had him back here.

    Childress got a big snoot with him and sent him packing.

    The Vikings already had the WR they were for (And still are).

  10. By DeerTracks on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    were looking for

  11. By Muskyfever on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    So, for those of you that did not read the Ponder Frazier quotes. Here is one that I found interesting… Something that all of us have been discussing over the last few days since the “L” is Washington… This is a direct question and anwser from Christian Ponder to the reporter.

    Q: What did you see from the first three red zone trips?

    A: The first one, I tried to force a ball into Devin [Aromashodu] and probably threw it too early. Second drive, I could have checked the ball down to Adrian [Peterson] to get a first down and we didn’t do that. It all goes back to execution. We’re not going to change our red zone scheme. We just have to do what we’re doing better and get better at it. We’re not going to put extra focus on it, obviously we need to improve and we need to focus on that, but we’re not going to try anything crazy different

    Personally I hope he is lieing. I hope that they will try something a little different and crazy and try to mix it up a bit, but I have a good feeling that this is pretty much how it is going to stay. Cards have a VERY talented D, were gunna need to do better if we expect TD’s instead of Clutch (walsh) kicking field goals all day long.

  12. By Muskyfever on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    On the Simpson side of things, We all know that he can play and play well, but we really havent seen any of that yet this year. He was suspended, played one game and now he is hurt. The coaches said he should be able to play, but not sure quite yet (on the quotes) which is also what they said last week. Every week that goes by and he doesn’t have some significant chances at the ball, I am loosing confidence more and more. I really think he wants to be on the field but not sure why we aren’t doing a better job at giving him his shots.

    J Wright, I also want to know.. What is the Deal Frazier????? Why not at least give him a chance, I know between he and Childs.. That childs was going to be the better player. But they were both supposed to be good guys to throw to, Why have we not seen at least a little bit from him to see what he can bring to the table on offense. I don’t get it. I think he has a good skill set and is quick on his feet, but we need to at least give him a chance or how will you ever know what he can do.

    I think this week we should go to some 5 WR sets and let Ponders sling it. I want to see something where there is minimal protection, but he has 5 different options down field. When I watch a team like the Patriots do it, it looks just stragith bad arse. I think we could get some good shots and some good one-on-one coverages and advance the rock and score some TD’s. What do the rest of you think about that???

  13. By demflyboyz on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply


    Tell me what u would think if we had 2 percy harvin type players on the team…. Percy and Jarius..
    Only if jarius gained atleast 15more pounds and start hiting weights more..
    Tell me what u think he would bring to the table…. he already run a 4.42

  14. By MIke B. on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    DeerTracks I would say that Childress was unable to handle difficult players and our team has suffered from that inability. Simpson got to be on the field if he going to be effective. It wouldn’t hurt to look at vet top tier WR. I think Fraizer can handle someone that is more contraversial.

  15. By Titus the Great Pretender on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Hey guys! Are you ready for another day of pretending our team belongs in the NFL?

  16. By Titus the Great Pretender on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Minnesota = The land of make believe. This is a magical place where Santa Clause and the tooth fairy are real, purple isn’t only a womans favorite color and WNBA actually matters. Outside of this mystical place is a cruel world of evil teams like Chicago and Green Bay that try to steal wins from the Vikings and make them cry. But thanks to our pretentious fans, in our book, they’ve can never beat us in our magical world.

  17. By Muskyfever on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply


    I would have two rediculously talented slot receivers that opposing Dfenses would have to chose who to cover, one gets covered throw to the other and vice versa. Could you imagine what it would be like to have two Percy Harvin’s… Do you think with Two Harvin’s AP and a deep threat that ANY… and i mean ANY team in the NFL would be able to stop us?????? Cause I think that would make us one of the and if not the undisputed scariest passing multi threat team in the league… But that is my opinion

  18. By QB on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    They need to make a decision on J Wright. To spend a 4th round pick on a guy who Frazier now says is completely healthy, and have him inactive tells me they made a mistake, or they don’t know what they are doing.
    It’s not like we are loaded with talent at WR, so a guy they felt like was worth a 4th round pick should at least be seeing spot duty.
    If your not gonna activate him then let him go and find someone else.

  19. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Not sure why fans are asking for a real grass field in the new stadium…

    This Vikings team plays much better on artificial turf…We are getting better on grass…But still much better on artificial turf…

    I was happy to hear the Vikings were practicing outside…In the wind and rain yesterday on natural GRASS…O-line play has been sluggish on grass…Along with crowd noise problems away…

    Looks like the coaches are starting to get…If a team is fast on natural grass…They even get faster on artificial turf…And Ponder needs to develop passing skills in windy conditions outside…Kudos to the coaching staff…

    Vikings need another “young” WR to help out this season…If Wright or Summers can’t come in and do the job ???…Find someone to take Jenkins or Aromashudos spot on the roster…Both are average at best…If Simpson comes back…This is a good team…With another caliber NFL receiver…This Vikings team would be DANGEROUS !!!…

    I looked for a good season from our team…But did not think this team would be doing this well !!…Vikings are contending !!…That is when it is time to find that certain player to help the Vikings over the top…That player is a WR…

    Vikings do not need a superman at WR to help them out…Just someone who can get separation…And catch the football…

  20. By Muskyfever on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Titus the pretender … here is your quote word for word…

    Minnesota = The land of make believe. This is a magical place where Santa Clause and the tooth fairy are real, purple isn’t only a womans favorite color and WNBA actually matters. Outside of this mystical place is a cruel world of evil teams like Chicago and Green Bay that try to steal wins from the Vikings and make them cry. But thanks to our pretentious fans, in our book, they’ve can never beat us in our magical world.


    If you read any stories throughout history (yes stories) Just remember one thing… Those Evil teams you speak of remind me of such guys like the Joker (from batman) and I am pretty sure they ALWAYS lose. Never in history has an “evil” anything ever won. In fact not only in Fiction, but non fiction as well. Name one “evil” person, group or team that ever won. Can’t think of one, that’s cause it doen’t exist. And what do you care if we constantly believe in our teams unlike the fiar weather fans of Chicago and Fudge Packerville…? It seems to me that you wish you could be a part of this magical world that we call home. But we make sure to keep D-bags like you out so we can stomp on your face and laugh about it later

  21. By demflyboyz on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    I think that we should make some changes,, I herd that Chris summers is every bit of 6″5. Throwing a jump ball to him is like a automatic completion in the redzone.. why do they have him sitting on the sideline when they see that we need help at wide reciever… if they don’t think they have good recievers then try something new like with jarius wright and summer..

    Jarius wright, chris summer, percy harvin, jerome simpson Devin aromashadu, stephon burton… now we would have a decnt receiving group if percy,summers,simpson,and jarius wright and aromashadu was active

  22. By Troutdaddy on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    I think Titus the great pretender and Pack Whack are the same person… Either way the babblings they put on here are just a desperate attempt to hang with fans who have it together. Booger -eating moron…

    Simpson needs to make an immediate impact this week. This whole deep threat thing is wearing on the fans. We have possibities in Wright and Simpson but so far Simpson has not shown much flare and Wright is non-existent. I know that the Vikes game plan has not focussed on that deep threat so much, but the fact that we could send 5 WR’s in and shake things up a bit would go a long way to see what we COULD do. Wright must have not shown as much skill as they thought- otherwise he would be playing- dontcha think? Anywas- I am looking forward to having Simpson back. Let’s hope his health does not have issues any more…. knowck on wood…

  23. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Well, I am the real Titus and I admit I have a funny feeling about this game like I did before the last one– I hope my gut is wrong.

  24. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    BTW– that pretender is the RG kook from the other night– he was saying we are pretenders. Obviously, the poor fella is not too clever. Better get back inside young man— recess is over and the teachers will be counting heads in kindergarten.

  25. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Aromashadu is our best WR. Need to use hum more.

  26. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    him– sorry, eating while typing…

  27. By realvikings on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    We all wanna see Jarius out their instead of Jenkins who couldn’t out run a turtle. I winner why when Ponder takes deep shots to Jenkins the db always beat him to the ball at least Jarius can get separation.

  28. By realvikings on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    When Moss decided to come back or Plex other then character concerns does Frazier really believe Jenkins have more to offer then those guys. In limited action Moss almost have the same numbers as him. Jenkins is a waste of roster spot at least Moss, and Plex demands attention.

  29. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Confuse the rusty Skelton…

    blitz,Blitz, and BLITZ some more on defense !!!!…
    Add a liberal amount of an aggressive offensive game plan, through the air and on the ground with AP…mix together evenly…
    And a pound of creativity…

    And you have the recipe for success this Sunday for the Vikings…

  30. By T.allen.govikes on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    percy is our best reciever, lets not get carried away.

  31. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    No Percy is not our best WR. Percy is one of our top three overall players– he is not just a WR. I am speaking only of players specifically defined as WRs.


  32. By Muskyfever on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    I think that is a lot of the issue, Harvin already enjoys and WANTS to get the rock so much that if add a guy like Burress or Bowe, they are going to demand the rock as well, and there will be a power struggle for time and attempts. Not only that but we don’t want to get the quick fix guy, they have emphasized that many times this year. I aggree that we need another talented WR but not one whith personallity issues like Burress and Bowe have and expecially not a Vet. We need young talent, speed and we need someone that we can mold to the type of player, and person we want on our team. Bowe and Burress are set in their ways, their not gunna change

  33. By TheRealDon on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    what about Jarius Wright

  34. By TheRealDon on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Jarius Wright

  35. By TheRealDon on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Jarius Wright…

  36. By vegasvike on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    I’m not sure Simpson would have been a game changer in the skins game. We scored plenty of points. We missed four red zone opportunities, a stretch WR can’t stretch a red zone.
    And I wonder if the Vikes are staying away from a high profile WR because they like their current chemistry and don’t want to disrupt it.

  37. By vegasvike on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    @ Titus – if you are eating hummus that would explain the typo

  38. By tebowhater on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply


    Its not just me. Every Viking fan has same question as why Jarius and Summers are not made active for the games. Yes, we have Jenkins, Aromashodu, but they are not getting younger and not a real threat anytime downfield. If we are in red zone, opponents are sure that ball is going to be in either Rudolph, Percy or in AD’s hands. We need to have another big playmaker in offense. SKOL!!!

  39. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Shudo…10 receptions…151 yards…0 TD’s…

    No…That total is not Shudo’s total for one game…

    That is Aromashudo’s total for the first 6 games this season…

    A WR that averages 1.5 catches and 25 yds a game…

    Best receiver on the team ???…

    Are fans looking at this situation, as the glass being half full ???..

    I don’t think so… : /

  40. By VikesShield on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply about Rudolph :( i kno hes not a wideout but he has the best hands on are team. The other WR havnt show their true ablilitys. but percy has no mercy. and hes the best WR in the game..

  41. By Dakotakid59 on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    If the Cardinals lead the leauge with the most sacks given up we should be bringing it all game. Willams should be starting the game with blitzes, and he should be ending the game with blitzes. And alot of AP in the middle!!! LETS go get a win boys.

  42. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Yep…Jenkins has been better though…

    Jenkins averages a whopping…3.0 catches and 35 yds a game…

    That is why fans are asking…Why ???…

    Why are Wright and Summers sitting out, because the shadows of monster stats of Shudo and Jenkins ???…

    C’mon man !!!…

  43. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    I should have proof read that last one…ufta..

    In other words…

    Out with the old WR’s…

    In with the NEW !!!…

  44. By Titus the Great Pretender on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    King pretender himself! A good morrow to you sir. Any predictable insults too speak of your pretentiousness.

  45. By Titus the Great Pretender on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    ARI 49
    MN 13

  46. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Vegas, I am no cannibal.

  47. By Titus the Great Pretender on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    You don’t eat men but you bang them. Mwahahaha

  48. By Titus the Great Pretender on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Go Arizona Cardinals!

  49. By John D on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Look for alot more sound game from the Vikings

  50. By Rod on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    2 tight end sets. Harvin deep

  51. By dogboy on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Titus the Pretender


  52. By dogboy on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Dogboy is now following Titus The Great Pretender. Lock your outhouse when you finally leave.

  53. By dogboy on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    To Titus the animal:

    My guess is you are a felon from chicago. Or a billhilly from Wi. Either way, an idiot of the highest nature.

  54. By dogboy on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    To Titus the great idiot:
    In a more polite vein, we don’t care for you or your kind around these parts.

  55. By dogboy on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply


  56. By RichardA1 on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    If he gets hurt again we have got to find another deep threat.

  57. By vegasvike on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    I typed hummus not humans

  58. By 4eversteve on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Just got done listening to a Bill Musgrave press conference and woke up in time to hear him say thank you to the media in attendance. No wonder the Vikings offense lack aggressiveness when in the red zone. Why in the heck do they take two of the most dangerous players in the NFL bar-none in Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin off the field when they enter the red zone are you kidding me.?

  59. By Im a "real" Doctor on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Watch out for Skelton, he doesnt put up big numbers, but he does win. Be weary……remember, 2010? We had Favre and they had Derek Anderson…..and we had to mount a ridiculous comeback…That was with Anderson.

  60. By SmileyStar on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    I’d be excited if we had a starting QB that could get Simpson the ball past the 20yd line. Ponder =fail

  61. By missed the boat on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    why have a deep threat when ponder can’t throw over 50 yards?

  62. By Troutdaddy on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder can throw over 50 yards without any problem. Those who think he doesn;t have an arm need to watch some film. Until he gets a deep player open then it is hard to judge this, but the man can chuck a ball no problem.

  63. By Kevin on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    Plaxico Burress?

  64. By todd whitacre on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    i wonder if they practice the jump ball in the end zone. plaxico could be used within the 10 yard line. i think the end zone jump ball, like the back shoulder throw are too radical for musgrave, and i dont know if ponder can throw a back shoulder

  65. By Anita Wilson on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    If you ask the Arkansas Coach, he will tell you that Jarius Wright is NOT a Practice Player…but put him in a GAME and HE SHINES!

    Give him a shot, Coach Frazier, and He WILL Shine!

  66. By Kathy P on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    What about picking up G. Camarillo ? I know he doesnt have alot of speed but he has sure hands and is pretty big. Something to think about huh? After all, he is familiar with the Vikings offense.

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