An Oct. 7 trial date in New York has been set for Tennessee Titans backup quarterback Chris Simms relating to a July 1 traffic stop in Manhattan. Simms was charged with driving under the influence of marijuana.
Simms missed his initial court date on Monday as he was preoccupied with Titans preseason training in Nashville. A Manhattan judge agreed to excuse him but said Simms must be present Oct. 7 for a hearing and trial.
Simms was pulled over around 1:30 a.m. at a police checkpoint in Manhattan on July 1. Simms is reported to have had red eyes and slurred speech during the stop. A court complaint noted that Simms told an officer he had been smoking in the car earlier. Simms and his lawyer, Nathan Semmel, insisted that the statement was being misread and that Simms was referring to smoking cigarettes.
The son of former New York Giants’ quarterback Phil Simms, Chris Simms was signed to the Titans as a free agent in April. He also played for the Titans in 2008 and was a teammate of Vince Young at the University of Texas.
Tennessee takes on the Arizona Cardinals at LP Field on Monday night for their second preseason game. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. The Titans regular season kicks off Sept. 12 with a home game against the Oakland Raiders.