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Monday, November 11, 2013
Jerome Simpson sorry for DWI arrest

By Ben Goessling
ESPN.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson, who was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving Saturday morning, apologized Monday for the attention that he brought to the team, adding he plans to play Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.

That decision, however, might be out of Simpson's hands at this point.

Simpson is serving three years' probation in Kentucky for a drug-related arrest in September 2011 and was suspended for the first three games of the 2012 season because of it.

Jerome Simpson
Jerome Simpson has a team-leading 491 receiving yards this season.

Simpson, who has not yet formally been charged in Minnesota, might face additional discipline from the NFL.

"His previous situations will definitely factor in with what happens going forward," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said.

Frazier met with Simpson at the team facility on Saturday afternoon once the receiver was free on $12,000 bail.

Frazier said he was not prepared to discuss whether the team would discipline Simpson, adding that the Vikings are still gathering information about what happened.

Simpson, who is in his second year with the Vikings, was arrested by the Minnesota State Patrol and booked at 5:39 a.m. on Saturday morning after failing a field sobriety test. He said he was coming from the Pour House, a bar in downtown Minneapolis, and had slurred speech and blurry eyes, according to the arrest report.

Simpson denied having been drinking and refused a breath test at the Hennepin County jail.

Simpson would not directly discuss his arrest or his case on Monday, but said he had talked to the team.

"I've just got great support with this team, and they're going to help me through whatever arises," he said.

Simpson is currently leading the Vikings with 491 receiving yards after re-signing with the team on a one-year deal. If Simpson does not play on Sunday, Frazier said, rookie Cordarrelle Patterson would likely start in his place at split end.