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Minneapolis Star-Tribune 14 hours ago

TFD: Vikings release Jerome Simpson, and we bring you stories from when he signed

The Vikings announced at 5:45 p.m. that they have released troubled WR Jerome Simpson. That brings to an end a rocky tenure from 2012-present in which he caught 74 passes for exactly 1,000 yards with the Vikings. It was a rough go from the start, but the Vikings kept bringing him back on one-year deals — three times, including this season. Here are snippets from the Star Tribune stories when he signed his initial deal in 2012 and this most recent re-sign in 2014: 2012: Since free agency began in mid-March, the Vikings have been doing their research on Simpson, both impressed with his...

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Access Vikings morning walkthrough: Simpson cut after latest citation, Priefer 'a better man' and more

Every weekday, our Vikings reporters walk you through what’s happening with the team that day. WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED — The Vikings released WR Jerome Simpson after another brush with the law. — The loss of Simpson and RB Adrian Peterson isn’t going to help QB Matt Cassel’s struggles. — Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer says he’s a better man after sensitivity training. — Head Coach Mike Zimmer was optimistic about injuries to OLB Chad Greenway and others. — Rookie OLB Brandon Watts is back at Vikings practice after a month layoff. TWEET OF THE (YESTER)DAY Congrats...
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 10 hours ago

Cassel hopes to avoid interceptions, find rhythm without key teammates

The Vikings quarterback is struggling to complete long passes, and losing Simpson won’t help.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 11 hours ago

Vikings release Simpson after learning of another drug citation

Receiver’s marijuana charge led to his release by embattled Vikings.
St. Paul Pioneer Press 14 hours ago
Vikings: Jerome Simpson's release just latest negative hit for team

Vikings: Jerome Simpson's release just latest negative hit for team

The day after Vikings owners admitted they "made a mistake" in reinstating Adrian Peterson following an arrest on a child-abuse charge, the team got another, unexpected dose of negative news via problem receiver Jerome Simpson.
St. Paul Pioneer Press 15 hours ago

Matt Cassel says Brady-less 2008 Patriots should inspire Vikings

Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel had one of the worst games of his life last weekend against New England. He was willing to talk about the Patriots on Thursday, but on a different subject.
St. Paul Pioneer Press 15 hours ago

Vikings' Cordarrelle Patterson won't 'demand the ball'

Cordarrelle Patterson took a toss out of the backfield in Week 1 against the St. Louis Rams, ran around right end and didn't stop until he had run 67 yards into the end zone.
St. Paul Pioneer Press 15 hours ago
Vikings hand rushing duties over to Matt Asiata

Vikings hand rushing duties over to Matt Asiata

Matt Asiata isn't Adrian Peterson, and he isn't trying to be. Those comparisons, however, come with the territory of taking over for the best running back in Vikings history.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 16 hours ago

Cassel and Turner talk about Vikings offense without Peterson

Vikings QB Matt Cassel and offensive coordinator Norv Turner spoke to the press about what it will be like not having Adrian Peterson as part of the offensive game plan.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 16 hours ago

Rand: Vikings, NFL images erode as late night hosts pile on

Olbermann and Stewart the latest to take issue with Peterson, Vikings
St. Paul Pioneer Press 16 hours ago

Vikings remain optimistic Chad Greenway will play Sunday

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer expressed continued optimism Thursday that linebacker Chad Greenway will play Sunday at New Orleans despite a broken hand.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 17 hours ago

Zimmer on Simpson, Cassel, Greenway and more

We just chatted with Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer after practice, as we usually do every Thursday. As he walked over to meet us, a PR staffer flagged him down and informed him about wide receiver Jerome Simpson’s latest legal issue. Even though the incident happened in July and took place just down the road in Bloomington, Zimmer said it was the first time he had heard about it. Zimmer said he wouldn’t comment on Simpson until he spoke with General Manager Rick Spielman, but he did say that the Vikings, who are still reeling from the child abuse charge against running back Adrian...
St. Paul Pioneer Press 18 hours ago

Vikings: Jerick McKinnon's time has come sooner than expected

Jerick McKinnon had better hope he's a quick learner, because the rookie running back is getting his big test sooner than expected.
St. Paul Pioneer Press 19 hours ago
Vikings: Jerome Simpson's marijuana citation violates probation

Vikings: Jerome Simpson's marijuana citation violates probation

Suspended Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson was cited by Bloomington Police in July for having marijuana and an open bottle of alcohol in his car while driving on a restricted driver's license, according to an incident report released Thursday.

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