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Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson, who was arrested last weekend on suspicion of drunken driving, said Monday that he expects to play on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, though coach Leslie Frazier had not yet decided whether Simpson would face discipline from the team. Punishment from the Vikings, though, might not be Simpson's biggest worry.
According to Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Simpson could face up to three years in prison after violating the terms of his probation in Kentucky. Simpson was sentenced to three years' probation in 2012 after he pleaded guilty to a drug-related offense, and was barred from drinking alcohol as part of the sentence. Simpson registered a blood-alcohol content level of 0.09 percent on a breath test, according to Murphy, just above Minnesota's legal limit of 0.08 percent.
Frazier said on Monday he wanted to know about Simpson's availability for the Seahawks game within a day or two, though Simpson has not been formally charged yet and has not been subject to further disciplinary action from the NFL. That likely means at least for Sunday, the Vikings could be the only entity to discipline Simpson. Frazier said on Monday the team would wrestle with whether to suspend Simpson "in the next day or so," and he could have more information about the team's plans at his Wednesday news conference. Simpson leads the Vikings this season with 491 receiving yards.
Here are Wednesday's other Vikings stories of note:
We checked in with Harrison Smith as he recovers from turf toe, and looked at how the decision to put Christian Ponder in the shotgun helps the quarterback but means a different working environment for Adrian Peterson.
Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star Tribune looked at how tight end John Carlson is following the injured Kyle Rudolph in the Vikings' offense, years after Rudolph followed him at Notre Dame.
Joe Soucheray of the Pioneer Press says Frazier's way of conducting himself in the midst of chaos this season is to be commended, no matter the Vikings' 2-7 record.