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Vikings OC Wes Phillips Arrested for Misdemeanor DWI, Will Travel to Las Vegas

Unfortunate news ahead of Sunday’s game.

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Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Wes Phillips was arrested and charged for driving while under the influence on Friday Night, according to Hennepin County jail records. ESPN’s Kevin Seifert was the first ot break the news.

Phillips was pulled over and subsequently arrested just outside of Minneapolis at 11PM CST, before being released at 1:26AM CST after posting a $300 bond. His first court appearance is scheduled on December 21st. The Minnesota Vikings released a statement on the matter saying quote:

“Wes immediately notified the team following his arrest last night,” the Viking said in a statement. “This morning we contacted the NFL, and after internal discussion, made the decision Wes will travel with the team to Las Vegas this afternoon. We will continue to gather information regarding the incident and have further comment at the appropriate time.”

Wes Phillips is in his second season as the Vikings offensive coordinator, and is a key figure within the Vikings coaching staff. He helps design plays alongside Kevin O’Connell, and his coaching experience is valuable for O’Connell who is one of the youngest head coaches in the league. Wes has been a coach in the NFL for seventeen years, and is the son of Wade Phillips and the grandson of Bum Phillips.