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Updated: October 12th, 2012 2:44pm
Jerome Simpson 'not quite there,' listed as questionable by Vikings

Jerome Simpson 'not quite there,' listed as questionable by Vikings

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings may wait until Sunday afternoon to decide whether Jerome Simpson is ready to get back on the field.

Simpson underwent two days of testing earlier this week that showed an issue with his back that is causing the numbness and weakness in one of his lower legs and feet.

He didn't practice on Wednesday, was limited on Thursday and Friday and was listed as questionable (50% chance of playing) for Sunday's game at Washington.

"Not quite there, but he's better," coach Leslie Frazier said, adding that a determination about Simpson's playing time, if any, will be made over the weekend.

"So, he's getting better. It's just maybe a little bit more we need to see come, and that may come overnight. It's just from what the doctors have told me, it continues to get better, so we'll see."

The Vikings considered deactivating Simpson for last week's win over Tennessee after the starting split end reported the issue upon waking up at the team hotel.

Instead, Simpson played 24 snaps and had no catches in three targets, going to the sideline on several occasions in an apparent effort to get feeling back into the leg. On Friday, Frazier said Simpson continues to have trouble pushing off.

Even if that's still an issue, though, Frazier wouldn't rule out the possibility of activating Simpson just to provide a vertical threat on the perimeter.

"Potentially. We'll see," Frazier said. "But we don't want to do anything where he could be in harm's way. So, we'll be smart. We'll see how he does (Saturday) as well. But he's making good enough progress, so we're encouraged by that."

Fellow receiver Percy Harvin, who tweaked a hamstring in practice on Thursday, was a full participant on Friday and was listed as probable (virtual certainty of playing) on the injury report.

Also probable were: halfback Adrian Peterson (ankle), quarterback Christian Ponder (knee), cornerback Antoine Winfield (knee), tackle Charlie Johnson (low back) and safety Andrew Sendejo (ankle).

Backup linebacker Marvin Mitchell (calf) was listed as doubtful (25% chance of playing). Safety Mistral Raymond (ankle) was ruled out for a third consecutive week.

The Redskins ruled out safety Brandon Meriweather (knee) and end Doug Worthington (calf). Quarterback Robert Griffin III (head), receiver Pierre Garcon (foot) and backup cornerback Cedric Griffin (hamstring) are all questionable.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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