NFC North Notes: Vikings, Simpson, Holmes

The latest out of the NFC North..

  • Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson missed practice Monday to attend a hearing at NFL headquarters in New York and defend himself against a possible suspension for his November drunken-driving arrest, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press. Simpson served a three-game suspension during the 2012 season with the Vikings after being convicted of a felony for mailing two pounds of marijuana to his Kentucky home while he was playing for the Bengals, so he could be viewed as a repeat offender.
  • Some teams were wary of Santonio Holmes‘ reputation as a locker room disruption, but Bears coach Marc Trestman is hardly worried, writes Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune. “We spent time with him,” Trestman said Monday. “I mean, people change. They get into new venues, new environments. You’re out for a while, you get a good, hard look at where you are not only in your work life, as well as other aspects of your life.”
  • However, as Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk notes, Trestman didn’t give any guarantee that the veteran will make the roster. For his part, Holmes says he’s really excited about the opportunity he has in Chicago.
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