The Vikings signed wide receiver Jerome Simpson this offseason, and while he is off to a slow start — he was suspended to begin the season and back problems have made his status iffy — he is expected to be active against the Cardinals. Which Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington is hoping for.
Perhaps you remember that Simpson, playing for the Bengals last Christmas Eve, made sure Washington was front-and-center of all the highlight shows when he did a full-on flying somersault over Washington at the end of a catch-and-run to score a touchdown. Simpson landed on his feet, Washington was left grabbing at air, and it was a blow in a terrible first half in Cincinnati.
This isn’t about revenge. Washington knows that Simpson just made a play. But he promised that Simpson wouldn’t escape his grasp again.
“I mentioned it during training camp that I was glad we got a chance to play that guy again,” Washington said. “If he does it, it doesn’t matter — he kind of made me a celebrity in a different way, so I appreciate it Jerome Simpson.
“At the same time,” Washington added with a smile, “if he’s out there, he needs to be on the lookout. Straight up. However I get to him, I’m going to make sure I get to him this time.”
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