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hawaiianvike21
09-03-2004, 03:55 AM
Heres some good news for the upcoming dallas game. Smith gets to play. :cheers:

www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/sports/football/9568213.htm?1c



Smith will play season opener

NFL delays decision on appeal of suspension

BY JASON WILLIAMS

Pioneer Press

SEATTLE — The Vikings can relax a bit about their running-back situation.

Onterrio Smith will get to play at least in the Sept. 12 regular-season opener against Dallas because the NFL is not expected to make a decision on his appeal of a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy until after Minnesota begins the regular season, a person with knowledge of the situation said Thursday night.

That person said the decision likely would be made sometime before the Vikings' second game, at Philadelphia on Sept. 20.

This should quell some of coach Mike Tice's concerns about his depth at running back. Starter Michael Bennett is expected to miss the Dallas game with a sprained right knee but almost certainly will return to play against Philadelphia.

Smith is Bennett's primary backup.

Perhaps an indication that the Vikings are preparing for Smith to play in the opener is that the second-year pro played on the Vikings' first possession in Thursday night's exhibition finale against the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field. Smith was the fourth-string running back in last Friday's exhibition victory over San Francisco, not entering the game until late in the third quarter.

Last week Tice selected veteran Moe Williams the starter for the Dallas game. Whether Smith will get the nod now is uncertain. But the former University of Oregon standout will bolster a running game that would have had to rely heavily on the aging Williams and on promising but unproven rookie Mewelde Moore in the opener.

Smith led NFC rookies with 579 yards rushing last season.

BigEasyViking
09-03-2004, 04:01 AM
This is definately great news! Not only will SOD play in the opener but it looks like Bennett will play week 2 on monday night as well.

:thumbright: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :thumbleft:

RandyMoss8404
09-03-2004, 11:06 AM
No, it really isn't great news, in fact, I think it sucks almost as much as Leonard Little being able to play.

Onterrio failed a drug test, he should be suspended immediately. He failed, no cushion, just suspension. It's setting a bad example for kids by saying 'Hey, if you get suspended, it takes a while, because you can appeal it, don't worry about the consequences!'

I don't care if he's a Viking, the league is making a mistake by doing this.

bigdogbovy
09-03-2004, 11:19 AM
true he failed a test, but what's the difference if it's games 2-5 or 1-4?

hawaiianvike21
09-05-2004, 08:08 AM
Looks like smith could see more time then just the first game against the cowboys.

http://vikings.kfan.com/sports/nflguide/local/story.aspx?content_id=8634DA79-544B-4DFD-B2A3-34FB5FAB2604



EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. –- Running back Onterrio Smith could play up to three games before the NFL rules on his appeal of his four-game suspension, a source close to the situation said Saturday.

Smith, who faces a four-game ban for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, practiced with the team Saturday. If suspended for the start of the season, his exile would begin Monday, but that appears unlikely since the league hasn’t ruled on his appeal.

The league’s disciplinary board might not reconvene for another round of arbitration until late September, according to the source, which would allow Smith to play in the Vikings’ first three games.

Saturday, head coach Mike Tice confirmed that the league still has not told the team whether Smith will be eligible for the Vikings’ regular season opener next Sunday against Dallas.

“We have not been informed by the league one way or another,” Tice said. “We’re going to move forward as if we have him until we’re notified by the league one way or another.”

The NFL does not comment on suspensions before they are finalized.

Smith’s availability in the first month of the season could be crucial for the Vikings.

Starting running back Michael Bennett will miss the opener with a sprained knee, and isn’t expected to start until after the team’s bye in Week 4.

Short-yardage specialist Moe Williams will start Sunday’s game but, if eligible, Smith also would see extended action.

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.

A positive test in training camp, reportedly for marijuana, triggered the four-game suspension.

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

thepacksux
09-05-2004, 01:10 PM
Id rather have him get this suspension over with so he can join the team as quickly as possible, we need him down the back stretch, not just getting used to the offense again. Also, look at the exemptions other players have had, ricky williams had his 3rd failed test excused which would have warranted just a 4 game suspension. This latest suspension was a whole season before he retired. Jimmy Smith got another 4 game suspension taken away two seasons ago when he was still doing well. It all depends on who you are in this league.

seekndestroy31
09-05-2004, 08:03 PM
"RandyMoss8404" wrote:

No, it really isn't great news, in fact, I think it sucks almost as much as Leonard Little being able to play.

Onterrio failed a drug test, he should be suspended immediately. He failed, no cushion, just suspension. It's setting a bad example for kids by saying 'Hey, if you get suspended, it takes a while, because you can appeal it, don't worry about the consequences!'

I don't care if he's a Viking, the league is making a mistake by doing this.

Exactly...Our (Dallas) starting NT Leo Carson serves his 1 game suspension opening day.

But this is typical of the bias the NFL has against the Cowboys

Not convinced?...look no farther than the Cowboy should be HOF'ers not enshrined in Canton

RandyMoss8404
09-05-2004, 08:49 PM
"seekndestroy31" wrote:

"RandyMoss8404" wrote:

No, it really isn't great news, in fact, I think it sucks almost as much as Leonard Little being able to play.

Onterrio failed a drug test, he should be suspended immediately. He failed, no cushion, just suspension. It's setting a bad example for kids by saying 'Hey, if you get suspended, it takes a while, because you can appeal it, don't worry about the consequences!'

I don't care if he's a Viking, the league is making a mistake by doing this.

Exactly...Our (Dallas) starting NT Leo Carson serves his 1 game suspension opening day.

But this is typical of the bias the NFL has against the Cowboys

Not convinced?...look no farther than the Cowboy should be HOF'ers not enshrined in Canton

Maybe if you made Rick James your mascot you'd get more recognition?

After all, both James and the Cowboys agree:

Cocaine's a helluva drug!

LosAngelis
09-05-2004, 10:37 PM
Is it safe to have him playing with all of those white lines all over the field?

If he starts making perpendicular cuts right along the yardline markers, we'll know he's not through his 28 day program yet.

sdvikefan
09-05-2004, 11:01 PM
"LosAngelis" wrote:

Is it safe to have him playing with all of those white lines all over the field?

If he starts making perpendicular cuts right along the yardline markers, we'll know he's not through his 28 day program yet.

LOL

ItalianStallion
09-05-2004, 11:50 PM
I'd be more worried about him trying to smoke the fake-grass. After all he likes the endo, not the coke.

purplepat
09-06-2004, 11:26 AM
"seekndestroy31" wrote:


But this is typical of the bias the NFL has against the Cowboys

Not convinced?...look no farther than the Cowboy should be HOF'ers not enshrined in Canton

I'm curious. Give me a list of Cowboys that aren't in the HOF that you think should be.

briboy75
09-06-2004, 11:34 AM
"RandyMoss8404" wrote:

No, it really isn't great news, in fact, I think it sucks almost as much as Leonard Little being able to play.

Onterrio failed a drug test, he should be suspended immediately. He failed, no cushion, just suspension. It's setting a bad example for kids by saying 'Hey, if you get suspended, it takes a while, because you can appeal it, don't worry about the consequences!'

I don't care if he's a Viking, the league is making a mistake by doing this.

This is America, not the USSR. Onterrio has a right to appeal. If you break the law, you have the right to a trial. Why should it be different for him? If he loses the appeal, the punishment should be swift and significant.

Del Rio
09-06-2004, 11:43 AM
It does take time in real life too so it shows the reality of the situation. It's illegal to smoke weed lol. All he is worried about is not getting to play a game. My brother has been caught with Marijuana 3 times and he is going to jail :shock:

And he has been waiting for his court date for 4 months so NO real punishment for real life offenses doesn't happen fast

briboy75
09-06-2004, 11:48 AM
It is a crime to have marijuna, it is not a crime to fail a drug test.

seekndestroy31
09-06-2004, 01:35 PM
"RandyMoss8404" wrote:

"seekndestroy31" wrote:

"RandyMoss8404" wrote:

No, it really isn't great news, in fact, I think it sucks almost as much as Leonard Little being able to play.

Onterrio failed a drug test, he should be suspended immediately. He failed, no cushion, just suspension. It's setting a bad example for kids by saying 'Hey, if you get suspended, it takes a while, because you can appeal it, don't worry about the consequences!'

I don't care if he's a Viking, the league is making a mistake by doing this.

Exactly...Our (Dallas) starting NT Leo Carson serves his 1 game suspension opening day.

But this is typical of the bias the NFL has against the Cowboys

Not convinced?...look no farther than the Cowboy should be HOF'ers not enshrined in Canton

Maybe if you made Rick James your mascot you'd get more recognition?

After all, both James and the Cowboys agree:

Cocaine's a helluva drug!

With your current cast of characters, do you really want to get into this coversation?

Or the success of our "druggies" that won rings?

seekndestroy31
09-06-2004, 01:42 PM
"RandyMoss8404" wrote:

"seekndestroy31" wrote:

"RandyMoss8404" wrote:

No, it really isn't great news, in fact, I think it sucks almost as much as Leonard Little being able to play.

Onterrio failed a drug test, he should be suspended immediately. He failed, no cushion, just suspension. It's setting a bad example for kids by saying 'Hey, if you get suspended, it takes a while, because you can appeal it, don't worry about the consequences!'

I don't care if he's a Viking, the league is making a mistake by doing this.

Exactly...Our (Dallas) starting NT Leo Carson serves his 1 game suspension opening day.

But this is typical of the bias the NFL has against the Cowboys

Not convinced?...look no farther than the Cowboy should be HOF'ers not enshrined in Canton

Maybe if you made Rick James your mascot you'd get more recognition?

After all, both James and the Cowboys agree:

Cocaine's a helluva drug!

Ir I was a Vikes fan, Id be far more concerned about Onterrio raking up some of that hi-potency synthetic grass you guys have up there now and smoking it in the pregame... :twisted: :bootyshake:

packmanxxxi
09-06-2004, 01:51 PM
lol....

Then in 20 years he'll sue the Vikings for not warning him that the synthetic grass was bad for his health....

Del Rio
09-07-2004, 08:09 AM
good point!

Foreman44
09-07-2004, 03:28 PM
With the news about Bennett being out so long, this is just what we needed. Hopefully, Smith can play the Philadelphia game too where they'll really need him

bigdogbovy
09-07-2004, 03:37 PM
This is good, but with williams and moore we would be fine, with smith even finer

Foreman44
09-07-2004, 03:56 PM
Moore is fun to watch. He should be a good one. What about Ned?

Del Rio
09-07-2004, 03:59 PM
I like Ned a lot I hope he becomes a factor this year. We have a ton of RB depth I think we should consider getting something out of it voa trade or something.

There were rumors about Miami wanting to cut some deals but those seem to have died away.

Either way we should be in good position this season smith or no smith

whackthepack
09-07-2004, 04:00 PM
"Foreman44" wrote:

Moore is fun to watch. He should be a good one. What about Ned?


The last 2 preseason games Ned looked very good and I have no doubt he would be fine getting some carries.

Jarhead
09-07-2004, 05:13 PM
Ned has fumblitis. I was really pulling for him last year and thought it was too bad that he had a couple costly fumbles in preseason. Then this year he had some more so that's the only draw back I see to Ned but I do like him.

whackthepack
09-07-2004, 05:20 PM
I do not remember Ned fumbeling this spring, I could easily be mistaken but I can not recall him fumbeling this spring.

muchluv4smoot
09-07-2004, 05:27 PM
"whackthepack" wrote:

I do not remember Ned fumbeling this spring, I could easily be mistaken but I can not recall him fumbeling this spring.



I remember one in the last preseason game, and he got it back I believe. That is the only one I remember.

muchluv4smoot
09-07-2004, 05:29 PM
oh yeah, and this spring?? You mean fall?

whackthepack
09-07-2004, 05:37 PM
"muchluv4moss" wrote:

oh yeah, and this spring?? You mean fall?


Thanks Muchluv, just to excited about the season starting.

SKOL
09-07-2004, 05:42 PM
Ned's preseason fumbles from last year... I remember that Superman couldn't have held on to those balls. I thought he was dead after the hits he took.

Primetime42
09-07-2004, 09:58 PM
"purplepat" wrote:

"seekndestroy31" wrote:


But this is typical of the bias the NFL has against the Cowboys

Not convinced?...look no farther than the Cowboy should be HOF'ers not enshrined in Canton

I'm curious. Give me a list of Cowboys that aren't in the HOF that you think should be.It's easier just to name the guys that are.

Bob Lilly. Roger Staubach. Tony Dorsett. Mel Renfro. Randy White. Landry and Schraam aren't players, so even though they were great, they do not count in this argument.

No Rayfield Wright. No Bullet Bob Hayes. No Lee Roy Jordan. No Drew Pearson...HOW ARE CLIFF AND CHARLIE NOT EVEN CONSIDERED? I'm willing to bet the HOF commitee will screw the Triplets too, and while they're at it, tell Deion that he can't go in as a Cowboy...I could go on for HOURS about this, but you get the picture.

I don't want to start up a storm, but the fact that the Minnesota Vikings have more Hall of Famers than the Dallas Cowboys is just plain WRONG.

whackthepack
09-07-2004, 10:07 PM
If Drew Pearson wouldn't have pushed off Nate Wright, knocking him to the ground and catching a TD pass with no time remaining. it should have been an interception. The Vikes should have went to the Superbowl, and you would not have one of your championships.

So sorry I will not feel sorry if Drew Pearson never makes it to the hall.