The Minnesota Vikings are expecting wide receiver Jerome Simpson
to play this week, despite facing a drunken-driving charge.
Simpson was charged Wednesday with third-degree DWI for refusing
to submit to a chemical test, a gross misdemeanor, and a
fourth-degree DWI for operating a motor vehicle under the influence
of alcohol, a misdemeanor. Simpson was arrested Saturday.
Coach Leslie Frazier said the team is waiting for further word
from the NFL about Simpson’s status. He has a prior violation of
the league’s substance-abuse policy, which resulted in a three-game
suspension last season. Frazier said Simpson is likely to play
Sunday at Seattle but also said he wasn’t sure if Simpson would
still be a starter.
Simpson leads the Vikings with 491 yards receiving.