Jerome Simpson can work at facility during suspension

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Now that he’s finally free from the “Iron Pimp,” Jerome Simpson can at least pump iron where he’s used to.

The Vikings wide receiver is about to begin his three-game suspension when final cuts are made Friday, after his violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.

He was making plans to work out on his own in Cincinnati and California, but the Vikings said yesterday they found out he didn’t have to leave town.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said they got a clarification from the league, and planned to have Simpson hang around. He can’t practice or work out with teammates, but can use the facility and work with strength coaches on his own.

He can come to the meetings,” Frazier said, via Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com. “He can’t practice. He can’t work out with the guys. He can’t be in the weight room working out with them. But he can get with [strength and conditioning coordinator] Tom Kanavy and do things alone. He doesn’t have to leave the building.”

Simpson will be able to rejoin teammates Sept. 24, the day after they play San Francisco.

A league spokesman told Pelissero the rule was changed several years ago, to allow a suspended player to “be at the facility to provide him with structure and support during his suspension.”

It’s good that the Vikings figured this out the week before Simpson left town, because structure is exactly what he needs. The only amazing part is that they didn’t know it before.

14 responses to “Jerome Simpson can work at facility during suspension

  1. But what does any of this have to do with Tim Tebow and the Jets.. or Peyton Manning and the Broncos… don’t you watch ESPN? Those are the only 2 teams in the NFL this season…

  2. So I assume this rule is for (misdemeanor) substance violation cases and not the more serious violators (felonious) of the league such as Jonathon Vilma?

  3. johnathanmoore04

    “So what’s the difference between him and vilma?”

    Oh you must not have heard of bounty gate, it’s this thing where Vilma chucked up tens of thousands of dollars to injure players for a cash reward.

    Simpson got some hashish delievered to his old residence. Violaters of the leagues substance abuse policy can still work out with the team.

  4. It’s about time the NFL realizes that simply sending a player who was suspended for behavioral or substance issues home to be on their own for several weeks isn’t a bright idea and only contributes to the problem. If you really care about these players and want to help them so they don’t become repeat offenders, then they just might benefit from having continued guidance and structure that the team can provide. Instead of sending them off on their own and expecting that miraculously they would change, let their coaches still work with them so they know they are still part of the team, allowing them to focus on football and eliminate potential distractions. It’s just stupid it took the NFL this long to figure it out.

    Simpson, while having this one issue, by and large hasn’t had as many issues that players like Dez Bryant, Pacman Jones and others have had. So while I don’t agree that structure is “exactly what he needs”, it definitely will help him.

  5. Why do I keep you rubes talking about that walking turd Vilma on a page regarding a Vikings player. Go somewhere else to whine about him, no one in purple gives a crap!

  6. This set up will be good for Simpson and the Vikes — as long as he has no Fed Ex herbal deliveries to Winter Park during his three week vacation.

  7. The only amazing part is that they didn’t know it before.

    What’s so amazing about that? It’s one of the worst coaching staffs in the NFL.

  8. Glad he gets to stay active in the facility. I really believe Simpson is going to do good things and open our offense up along with AD,Percy and the te’s,,,,the world is ignoring the Vikings. Ponder gets less coverage then unproven rookie qb’s, AD is being forgot due to injury,ect. ,,,,I think we going to surprise some people!!

  9. 1) Overheard at winterpark. Hey Fed-Ex could you redirect a package sent to my home to ….

    2) I guess the Triangle of Confusion missed the rule

    3) Seriously I was worried that he would be back home alonewith 3 weeks to get into trouble. Glad he can be in meeting and stuff. If everything falls into place good things could happen for the VIKES, but a lot of things have to fall into place.

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