MRI on Vikings receiver Jerome Simpson reveals back issue
By Brian Murphy
Posted: 10/08/2012 12:01:00 AM CDT
Updated: 10/08/2012 09:05:06 PM CDT
A magnetic resonance imaging exam on Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson revealed a back issue that triggered numbness in his right leg and limited his participation against the Tennessee Titans, according to a person with direct knowledge.
More tests are necessary to pinpoint the problem, which flared when Simpson woke up before Minnesota's 30-7 victory Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Metrodome.
Simpson, whom the Vikings planned to feature in their passing attack against the Titans, informed the training staff and coach Leslie Frazier that he could walk fine but was unable to push off or generate power with his leg during a pregame workout. Visibly frustrated on the sideline throughout the game, Simpson did not have a catch and only was thrown to three times by quarterback Christian Ponder.
"We were hoping as time went on he would regain that feeling during the course of the game," Frazier said Monday. "In talking to the doctors they felt like that was possible. And it did get a little bit better but not to the point where he felt completely comfortable."
Simpson returned to the Vikings' lineup Sept. 30 at Detroit after serving a three-game suspension to start the season. He practiced without incident last week and was unable to trace the source of the injury.
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