Trial date set for Titans QB Simms

Tennessee Titans backup quarterback Chris Simms needs to add a new date to his 2010 season: an October trial in his New York City drugged-driving case.

Simms didn’t make it to court Monday in the case. He’s in the midst of Titans training in Nashville. A Manhattan judge agreed to excuse him but said he needs to be there Oct. 7 for a hearing and trial.

Police say Simms slurred his words and told them he’d been smoking marijuana before he was stopped at a checkpoint July 1. The 29-year-old has said he was just talking about cigarettes.

He faces charges including a misdemeanor count of driving while impaired by drugs.

Simms is a son of former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms. Chris Simms has started 16 games during his six-year NFL career.