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Updated: November 13th, 2013 1:23pm
Frazier: Jerome Simpson 'probably' will play Sunday at Seattle

Frazier: Jerome Simpson 'probably' will play Sunday at Seattle

by Derek Wetmore
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said wide receiver Jerome Simpson "probably" will play Sunday against the Seahawks.

That's based on information he had Wednesday morning, he said, but he added that he expects to know for sure by the end of the day Wednesday.

"We have some information and we're talking with the league about some things," Frazier said. "We're getting a little bit more information that should help us as we go forward. But I need to go back in and just talk about some things that are going on."

The Star Tribune reported Wednesday that Simpson has been formally charged with two counts of DWI, including refusing to submit a chemical test and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

Frazier said he wasn't sure if charges would matter for this weekend's game, and said he'd rather defer to the league when talking about the situation.

"It's probably best that I don't go into the hypotheticals regarding that, just take the league's lead in this area, which is important, because there are implications," Frazier said. "We just have to follow their lead."

He also declined to comment when asked if the Vikings could or would bench or cut him.

"I know, as this unfolds, we'll learn a lot more about what the consequences are or what occurred. It's hard for me to project what might or might not happen with the judicial system. It's hard to say."

But Frazier didn't shy away from calling Saturday's incident disappointing. Simpson was on something of a second chance when the Vikings signed him as a free agent last offseason. He's second on the team with 33 catches and first with 491 receiving yards. His 14.9 yards per catch is also top on the team. In any light, possibly blowing a second chance is a letdown.

"It's very disappointing," Frazier said. "As I mentioned the other day, anytime something negative happens that creates a negative light on our organization, on our team, it's a concerning matter. This case, it's very disappointing. But it happens and you have to be able to adjust and deal with it, and not let it set you back as a team or an organization. But without question it's disappointing."

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for His previous stops include and the Minnesota Daily.
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