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Jerome Simpson to play vs. Seattle

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson, who was charged this week with two counts of drunken driving after being arrested last Saturday, will play Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, coach Leslie Frazier said.

The Vikings remain in contact with the NFL about how much they can discipline Simpson.

"We'll see what happens when we talk again next week," Frazier said. "I know our general manager, Rick Spielman, will be on the phone with the league office on Monday, as he has been this week, to talk about what can and can't be done. We'll pick up those conversations again on Monday."

Frazier did not say whether Simpson, who leads the Vikings with 491 receiving yards, would start against the Seahawks, but he said earlier this week that the collective bargaining agreement "definitely is a factor" in how much teams can discipline players beyond what the league might do.

"I don't know if 'content' is the word," Frazier said when asked if he was content letting the league handle Simpson's discipline. "But we'll see what happens when we talk again next week."

If Simpson doesn't start, the Vikings would likely put rookie Cordarrelle Patterson at split end. Patterson is the team's primary kickoff returner, but punt returner Marcus Sherels also returned kicks during Friday's practice.