Vikings Receiver Simpson Is Unhappy and Injured Plus More NFC North News

Andrew GardaCorrespondent IJune 5, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 7:   Jerome Simpson #81 of the Minnesota Vikings reaches for a pass in the end zone against the Tennessee Titans at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on October 7, 2012 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
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So Jerome Simpson is dissatisfied with being deactivated on Sunday according to Dan Wiederer of the Star-Tribune.

Sure he is, as any player will be unhappy when they aren't playing—especially after a loss.

Adrian Peterson wasn't happy not being allowed to play in preseason, so I can only imagine what he'd say had if he sat out Week 1.

That being said, Simpson needs to zip it.

He's not going to get more playing time by lobbying through the press and, in fact, is likely to rankle head coach Leslie Frazier with his words.

Now, Frazier is not foolish enough to bench him for it because, as the article states, the Vikings are desperate for a vertical threat.

Now, I've never been completely sold on Simpson. He's better than anything the Vikings have in the pass game not named Percy Harvin, but he's not nearly as good as he was last year.

He's a solid threat, was one of the better players out in the market and, when healthy, will have a positive impact on this offense.

Of course, the key words are "when healthy." Because we've seen what happens when he isn't, as he clearly wasn't in the two games he played post-suspension.

Simpson needs to throttle it back and concentrate on his rehab. He says he feels fine but Frazier and the staff won't deactivate him for giggles. If they sat him, they had good reason to do it, no matter what he thinks.

Simpson wants to play, and that's great.

However, like Peterson did this offseason, he needs to trust the staff to get him out there when he is ready so that he is in a position to succeed and not a minute sooner.

Otherwise he could find himself watching on the sidelines for a longer period of time.

On to the rest of the NFC North.


Chicago Bears

Last year, the Bears and Lions met at Soldier Field and things got...interesting. And by interesting, we mean rough. Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago says the Bears haven't forgotten that.

Brad Biggs of the Tribune says Earl Bennett is back and, with Alshon Jeffery's injury, the timing couldn't be better.

Bleacher Report's Bob Warja takes a fresh look at the remaining games on the schedule.


Detroit Lions

Jahvid Best is still not cleared to play according to CBS Sports' John Kreger.'s Justin Rogers says head coach Jim Schwartz isn't ruling out activating Best off the PUP list before the final three-week window shuts.

The Detroit News' Chris McCosky says Kevin Smith isn't upset with his small role, despite news that if Jahvid Best had been cleared he might have been cut.

The Free Press' dynamic duo of Carlos Monarrez and Dave Birkett (which is Batman? Which is Robin? You decide) say rookie Riley Reiff is pushing for more playing time.


Green Bay Packers

The win over the Houston Texans was big, but losing linebacker DJ Smith and running back Brandon Saine is a blow. The Packers breathed a huge sigh of relief that Sam Shields and Nick Perry aren't done for the season, even though we don't have a status on them, according to ESPN Wisconsin's Jason Wilde. and The Go Route's Aaron Nagler passes along a breakdown by mystery guest and ex-player and coach Paul Ott Carruth, where Jordy Nelson's second touchdown gets broken down.

Trent Stutzman of Bleacher Report gives you four moves the Packers could make before the trade deadline.


Minnesota Vikings

Tom Pelissero of 1500 ESPN says Ponder's turnovers are more physical than mental, but they still really hurt on Sunday.

Chris Gates of the Daily Norseman says there is no need to panic at quarterback.

Field goals didn't cut it Sunday, and the team knows it according to Dan Weiderer of the Star-Tribune.


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