EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings released Jerome Simpson on Thursday following the revelation of more trouble for the wide receiver: three misdemeanors related to a previously unreported incident this summer.
Simpson is facing charges of driving on a limited driver’s license, possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle and having an open bottle in a motor vehicle, said Rick Hart, deputy police chief in Bloomington, Minnesota. Hart said Simpson was cited but not arrested July 7, declining to make further information public because the case is considered open. The citation was issued shortly after midnight on a road less than a mile from the team’s suburban headquarters.
Simpson has a Nov. 3 arraignment in Hennepin County court, but with him already serving a three-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, the Vikings didn’t wait to assess his status. He would have been eligible to return to the active roster Monday.
LB Kendricks misses practice: The Philadelphia Eagles could be without their top defensive playmaker as they face a team coming off a 41-point output last week.
Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks, who suffered a calf injury in last Monday’s win over the Indianapolis Colts, missed practice for the second straight day Thursday in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Redskins.
“Right now he’s very doubtful for today, actually he’s out today,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly said. “We’ll see how he does Friday and Saturday.”
WR Jackson sits out: DeSean Jackson remains unable to practice as the Washington Redskins prepare to face the Philadelphia Eagles.
The three-time Pro Bowl receiver is recovering from a sprained left shoulder. He wore a white visor instead of a helmet to Thursday’s practice and sat on a stationary bike while his teammates were stretching.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
Jets QB Michael Vick said Commissioner Roger Goodell is doing “a great job” while the NFL deals with several off-field issues.
Vick said Thursday that some situations are “more complicated than others,” adding that Goodell needs to be given a chance “to get it right.” ... Jack Elway, the son of Denver Broncos general manager John Elway, pleaded guilty to disturbing the peace after being accused of pulling his girlfriend from a car and shoving her to the ground.