Simms didn't make it to court Monday in the case; he's training with the Tennessee Titans in Nashville. A Manhattan judge agreed to excuse Simms but said he needs to be there Oct. 7 for a hearing and trial.
Police say Simms slurred his words and told them he'd been smoking marijuana before he was stopped at a checkpoint July 1. The 29-year-old has said he was just talking about cigarettes.
He faces charges including a misdemeanor count of driving while impaired by drugs.
Simms is a son of former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms. Chris Simms has started 16 games during his six-year NFL career.