Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson underwent an MRI on Monday to test for the cause of his leg numbness. The first year Viking was unable to get it going in Sunday’s win, as he failed to record a catch on three targets.
The results of the MRI came in showing that a “back issue” is causing the numbness down Simpson’s right leg. However, further tests are need to determine the exact cause of the issue.
Leslie Frazier did comment on Simpson’s injury and status:
“From everything I’ve been told we shouldn’t be afraid to the point we’re going to lose him for a long period of time. But everything’s not conclusive as we speak.”
I’m certainly not a doctor, but it sounds like Simpson has a nerve that may be causing the issue. The results and Frazier’s comments seem to indicate that he could play on Sunday, but I won’t be surprised either way…
Adrian Peterson on the other hand, is still dealing with a mild left ankle sprain that he suffered in Sunday’s win.
“We’ll see how he does when we get back in on Wednesday and start practicing. We’ll try to be smart in terms of how we use him in practices,” Frazier said.
All I’m asking for during Peterson’s recovery is that the team takes more than the necessary precautions while he plays through this sprain. It’s on the same leg as his reconstructed knee, so even though Peterson did not miss time Sunday, nor should he miss time this week, the injury must be handled with the utmost caution.
So at this time Peterson will be listed as probable and will play, while Simpson is questionable and likely a game-time decision.