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Jerome Simpson 'so excited' to make season debut

Offseason acquisition Jerome Simpson will make his Vikings debut Sunday in Detroit after serving a three-game suspension for felony drug charges to begin the 2012 season. Simpson is ready to put the whole ordeal behind him and play football he told the St. Paul Pioneer-Press Monday:

"I'm just excited," Simpson said Monday, Sept. 24. "I couldn't wait until Monday morning came because I was just so excited. Everything is past and behind me now. Hopefully, this is the last time I've got to talk about the suspension."

Simpson is expected to start next to Percy Harvin; he has not been allowed to practice but he has been attending team meetings. Simpson, signed to a $2 million, one-year deal on April 24, has not played in any live game action since Minnesota's preseason finale Aug. 30 at Houston.

Simpson, 26, was a second-round pick by Cincinnati out of Coastal Carolina in the 2008 NFL draft. He caught 50 balls for 725 yards and four scores with the Bengals in 2011.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.