The Vikings retain Phil Loadholt, but have to cut Antoine Winfield as a result. Kyle Rudolph scores a touchdown and then suffers a serious injury. Christian Ponder plays the best game of the season, but can’t finish it.
Now, the Vikings win their first game on this side of the Atlantic Ocean and the celebration has been cut short due to Jerome Simpson being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated.
I guess it is just one of those seasons.
Simpson is currently the leading receiver for the Vikings with 33 catches and 491 yards. He has certainly played better than in 2012, but he may have played his last game in purple. Of course, everything is just speculation at this point, but this isn’t his first run in with the law which could land him a hefty suspension from the NFL as a repeated offender of the league’s conduct policy. His previous offense occurred when two pounds of marijuana was shipped to his home and he served a three game suspension last year, and is still serving three years of probation.
Early Saturday morning, Simpson’s car was stalled on I-394 and a trooper arrived on the scene. Simpson performed a field sobriety test and was arrested, despite his denials that he had been drinking. He refused a breath test at the Hennepin County jail and was booked. This afternoon he was released on a $12,000 bond.
Simpson is playing under his second consecutive one-year deal with the Vikings. He now has a number of obstacles to somersault over if he wants to continue playing for the Vikings, or any other NFL team, beyond 2013.
I have previously touted Leslie Frazier’s ability to keep his players out of trouble as a reason to keep him at the helm beyond this season. That argument for Frazier just got a whole lot weaker, as have so many other arguments for Frazier these days.