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Jennings surprise inactive; Simpson benched

Posted by: Chip Scoggins under Vikings off the field, Vikings players, Vikings rookies Updated: November 17, 2013 - 2:08 PM

SEATTLE -- Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings is a surprise inactive today against the Seattle Seahawks.

Jennings was listed as probable on the final injury report after dealing with an Achilles injury in practice this week.

Jarius Wright will start in Jennings place.

The Vikings also announced that rookie Cordarrelle Patterson will start in place of Jerome Simpson, who is being benched after being charged with DWI this week.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier hinted several times this week that Simpson could be replaced by Patterson as punishment for his legal trouble.

Quarterback Josh Freeman also is inactive, meaning Matt Cassel will serve as Christian Ponder's backup again.

The other inactives are cornerback Shaun Prater, running back Matt Asiata, offensive guard Jeff Baca, tight end Kyle Rudolph and nose tackle Letroy Guion.

Fred Evans will start in place of Guion, but Frazier said this week that Kevin Williams will get some snaps at that position. Williams recorded 2 1/2 sacks against Washington last week at nose tackle with Guion and Evans sidelined because of injuries.

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