Throughout the majority of the the Minnesota Vikings‘ game on Sunday, I found myself wondering where wide receiver Jerome Simpson was. Series after series, the new Viking was not to be seen on the field, and I couldn’t help but be a bit concerned.
It turns out that there was legitimate reason for Simpson’s absence, as it appears the receiver was dealing with tightness in his lower left leg.
On one of his three targets Sunday, a pass to the end zone, you could see Simpson grimace after the pass fell incomplete. He kind of limped off to the sideline, and was never really heard from the rest of the game.
“I just felt like my foot was kind of asleep, I guess,” said Simpson. “Until we know the diagnostics, I really can’t (say) if it’s a foot, a calf or what. I really don’t know right now.”
Apparently the leg began giving Simpson problems on Saturday night.
Head Coach Leslie Frazier also commented on the situation:
“He wasn’t able to really push off and didn’t feel like he had the strength in his lower leg. We have to try to find out why (that is) the case.”
While Simpson didn’t look that bad on Sunday, you could see that he definitely wasn’t 100%. Luckily for the Vikings, Michael Jenkins and Devin Aromashodu stepped up and combined for 69 yards on 6 catches. Certainly not a huge number of receptions, but they made plays at opportune times, and accounted for what figures to be a normal amount of production from Simpson.
So at this point it’s a mystery injury for Simpson. Fans will have to hope for best case scenario that it’s just muscle stiffness that can be resolved with week of treatment.