He’s more likely to be happy on Sunday. Simpson appeared on the first injury report of the week as fully participating in practice with a back injury.
Missing practice for the Vikings was running back Adrian Peterson, who is battling an ankle problem. Coach Leslie Frazier told reporters on Wednesday that Peterson should be fine for Sunday against the Cardinals.
Limited in practice were defensive end Jared Allen (groin), cornerback Antoine Winfield (knee), safety Mistral Raymond (ankle), linebacker Marvin Mitchell (calf), and safety Robert Blanton (hamstring).
Also fully participating in practice was quarterback Christian Ponder, who has a lingering knee issue as he embarks on his 17th career start, against the first team he ever beat.