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.