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Updated: October 19th, 2012 1:50pm
Jerome Simpson expected to start on Sunday: 'He's had a good week'

Jerome Simpson expected to start on Sunday: 'He's had a good week'

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- It appears Jerome Simpson will get his money this week.

The Minnesota Vikings' starting split end was a full participant in practice for the third consecutive day on Friday and was listed as probable (virtual certainty of playing) for Sunday's game against Arizona.

"Barring any unforeseen circumstance, he should be ready to go on Sunday," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said, adding that Simpson will start. "He's had a good week."

Simpson missed last week's loss to Washington because of the back issue that has been causing weakness and numbness in one of his legs for a couple of weeks.

He expressed frustration earlier this week about his deactivation, in part because his performance-based contract includes $59,375 roster bonuses for each game he's on the 46-man roster.

Since he was suspended for the season's first three games, Simpson's one-year, $2 million contract now has a maximum value of about $1.62 million.

Simpson has four catches for 50 yards this season -- all in the Vikings' win at Detroit on Sept. 30. The back/leg issue surfaced one week later, on the morning of the Oct. 7 game against Tennessee, and Simpson was limited to 24 snaps in that game.

As expected, halfback Adrian Peterson (ankle) and end Jared Allen (groin) both returned to practice on Friday and were full participants.

The Vikings listed Peterson and Allen as probable, along with quarterback Christian Ponder (knee), cornerback Antoine Winfield (knee), safety Robert Blanton (hamstring) and end Everson Griffen, who left for his mother's funeral in Arizona on Thursday and is expected to rejoin the team on Saturday night.

Two backups, linebacker Marvin Mitchell (calf) and running back Matt Asiata (knee), were listed as questionable (50% chance of playing). Safety Mistral Raymond (ankle) is out.

As expected, the Cardinals ruled out quarterback Kevin Kolb (ribs) and safety Kerry Rhodes (back). They didn't practice all week, nor did fullback Anthony Sherman (knee) or cornerback Greg Toler (hamstring), who are both listed as doubtful (25% chance of playing).

Cornerback Michael Adams (hamstring), tight end Todd Heap (knee) and linebacker Reggie Walker (head) are questionable. Only Adams was a full participant in Friday's practice.

Defensive lineman Darnell Dockett (hamstring), linebacker Quentin Groves (hamstring), linebacker O'Brien Schofield (knee), tight end Jim Dray (knee), linebacker Paris Lenon (knee), guard Adam Snyder (elbow) are all probable.

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