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Big Daddy
09-02-2004, 07:27 PM
Just found this article on KFAN's web site. Sorry if everyone already knew this.

Smith to play in opener?
Last Update: 9/2/2004 4:04:25 PM


KFAN dot com

The Vikings' backfield might not be thin in Week 1 after all.

A senior Vikings official on Thursday told the FAN that running back Onterrio Smith, who faces a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, has "a 50-50 chance" of being eligible for the regular season opener Sept. 12 against Dallas.

Starter Michael Bennett is expected to miss the game with a sprained right knee, but could return as soon as Week 2 in Philadelphia.

Short-yardage specialist Moe Williams is slated to start, with rookie Mewelde Moore and Larry Ned also seeing action.

But the league has not ruled on Smith's appeal of the suspension, which became public three weeks ago.

Smith's ban is scheduled to begin Sept. 6. If a decision is not reached by Friday, the team could file paperwork to have him reinstated for the opener, the official said.

He still would face a four-game suspension if his appeal is denied.

The second-year back hasn't practiced with the first-team offense in two weeks. He likely would back up Williams if reinstated.

Smith, expected to be the No. 2 back behind Bennett, was a fourth-round pick of the Vikings in 2003.

Due to trouble in his college career -- he was thrown off the Tennessee football team for marijuana use, and was arrested for DUI after transferring to Oregon -- he reportedly entered the league in phase one of the substance-abuse policy.

Smith led all NFC rookies with 579 yards and scored five touchdowns last season.


What do you think? Smith could play in week one and then start the suspension, and Bennett could be back for week 2 in Philli.

Jarhead
09-02-2004, 07:38 PM
Who cares, this kid is trouble. I just hope he plays well enough that we can trade him before he gets suspended again.

ItalianStallion
09-02-2004, 08:57 PM
I havn't really seen much from him in the preseason, I say no matter what let Moe start, and see if you could work onterrio in if Moe is not effective.

dan3ski
09-02-2004, 11:37 PM
I was not aware of his problems from collage looks like the vikings got a player/party guy!

BigEasyViking
09-03-2004, 12:10 AM
It's just a little weed guys. You make it sound like he is a heroin addict or something. Personally I love what i see from this guy, and really hope that we can have him suit up week one vs. Dallas.

Jarhead
09-03-2004, 11:00 AM
It was weed in college. He's getting suspended for coke now. Awesome.

VKG4LFE
09-03-2004, 11:24 AM
I think he'll be alright. I think he showed us what he could do last year. At least he hasn't been hurt yet!! We just need to keep him out of trouble off the field!! Moe probably will start, but Ontarrio will get most of the workload!

whackthepack
09-03-2004, 11:33 AM
"Jarhead" wrote:

It was weed in college. He's getting suspended for coke now. Awesome.


Jarhead, I had heard it was weed, did I miss something? Wondering about the coke reference had not heard anything about coke.

Jarhead
09-03-2004, 12:37 PM
Ok, maybe I was wrong. I could have sworn that I heard Smith popped for coke at some point. Oh well.

Big Daddy
09-03-2004, 01:01 PM
"whackthepack" wrote:

"Jarhead" wrote:

It was weed in college. He's getting suspended for coke now. Awesome.


Jarhead, I had heard it was weed, did I miss something? Wondering about the coke reference had not heard anything about coke.

Yea, me too. I hadn't heard of any coke just weed. :drunken:

This is a player that a few months age people on this board were calling for him to start and trade Bennett( which I think Bennett should be the starter). I think this would be great if he could play in week one, flat out it would help out the team.

muchluv4smoot
09-03-2004, 01:16 PM
If you guys think that players smoking weed in the NFL isn't extremely common, you are crazy. There are a ton of players that smoke weed, like Moss, in the NFL, but use a masking agent and don't get caught. We didn't overreact when they found weed in moss' car, so we shouldn't overreact here either.

Fact is, we need onterrio in week 1 and it is great that he is gonna play. It would be nice if he could play in week 2 as well, because it sounds like bennett will only play a small role if he does play in week 2, but the NFL says they will rule on onterrio's appeal before the phily game.

Jarhead
09-03-2004, 03:18 PM
The problem with Smith is that he's only starting his 2nd year and he's already popped 3 times! Sure he's got talent but he's going to get himself kicked out of the league and *poof* no more SOD.

dart18
09-03-2004, 04:35 PM
Either way, i hope he is in for week 1 then starts the suspension so i hope it works out. Maybe the doobie smoker is just young and needs to mature but he better do it fast, one more test equals a year long vacation, i still say he should take up building model cars as a different hobbie but hey thats me. But yes many many athletes roll the hash hish but being even dumber than that is getting cought.

casper
09-04-2004, 05:20 AM
"Jarhead" wrote:

The problem with Smith is that he's only starting his 2nd year and he's already popped 3 times! Sure he's got talent but he's going to get himself kicked out of the league and *poof* no more SOD.

so much talent... no guidance... SO much money.....what can you say?