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    Re: O. Smith will not be reinstated?

    wasted talent was the name of an episode of family guy

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    I am wondering why he is not reinstated


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    how does that work? ricky gets back in the league last year, and onterrio cant this year? thats just weak on the NFLs part..double standards for the guys that sell more uniforms on the streets
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    Kind of a bummer...but not that big of a deal, IMO. More than likely, even if he doesn't play for us (which he still has a chance to), it just means the Vikes will draft a RB a little higher than they might have intended. Like, say, in the 3rd or 4th rather than the 5th, perhaps.

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    Re: O. Smith will not be reinstated?

    Maybe it's part of the rehab program..

    like he didn't go to some smokers meetings..

    or he fo rgot to get tested by a certain date..

    or he watched to many episodes of high tv?

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    Re: O. Smith will not be reinstated?

    Posted on Wed, Apr. 26, 2006

    [size=18px]Report: Smith, who carried Whizzinator, won't be reinstated[/size]

    BY SEAN JENSEN
    St. Paul Pioneer Press


    ST. PAUL, Minn. - Suspended Vikings running back Onterrio Smith has been notified by the NFL that he will not be reinstated next month, according to a source close to Smith.

    Last June, Smith was suspended one year for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, and he checked himself into a three-month, live-in rehabilitation facility in Massachusetts shortly thereafter.

    Smith, 25, did not return a phone call seeking couldn't be reached for comment Tuesday. The Vikings and the NFL declined comment.

    "That falls under the confidentiality provisions of the program," league spokesman Greg Aiello said. "His status is unchanged in that he continues to be under suspension."

    According to NFL policy, "a player suspended under Stage Three (of the substance abuse policy) may apply formally in writing for reinstatement no sooner than 60 days before his one-year anniversary date of the letter so suspending him."

    The application should include information on the player's treatment, abstinence from substances, involvement with any substances of abuse-related incidents, and arrests and/ or convictions for any criminal activity.

    "The Commissioner, in his sole discretion, will determine if and when the player will be allowed to return to the NFL," the policy states. "A player's failure to adhere to his Treatment Plan during his banishment will be a significant consideration in the Commissioner's decision of whether to reinstate a player."

    On April 21, 2005, Smith was stopped at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport possessing the "Original Whizzinator," a device designed to beat drug tests.

    In May, he failed or missed an NFL-mandated drug test, and he was suspended for one year on June 7 for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

    Smith's history of substance abuse dates to 1999, when he was kicked off the University of Tennessee football team after a positive marijuana test.

    In his first public comment since being banned by the league, Smith told the St. Paul Pioneer Press in December that the suspension was a "real wake-up call" that compelled him to do "some real soul searching." At the time, he was living in California and helping athletes train for the NFL combine. He was meeting with two different counselors four times a week for upwards of eight hours, he said at the time.

    "The suspension saved me from some serious trouble," Smith said. "It could have been a serious arrest, an accident_anything could have occurred."

    Without Smith as an option, the Vikings could now be looking for more depth at running back. Currently, Chester Taylor, Mewelde Moore, Ciatrick Fason and Adimchinobe Echemandu are the only running backs on the Vikings' roster.

    Taylor was signed as an unrestricted free agent, and the remaining players are carryovers from last season. Moore has been productive for the Vikings when healthy he's not sidelined with injuries. The Vikings traded their fourth- and fifth-round pick last year to move up eight spots to snag Fason, who scored four touchdowns as the goal line back last season.

    The Vikings weren't counting on Smith, but owner Zygi Wilf said earlier this month that the team was open to giving the running back a chance to return.

    Available free agents include Stephen Davis, Anthony Thomas, Jonathan Wells and Lamar Gordon, who played his college football at North Dakota State and last season played for Vikings coach Brad Childress last season in Philadelphia.

    The Vikings also could address the position in this weekend's NFL draft.

    "I think it's a good group of guys," Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy said in February of the running back class.

    After Reggie Bush, who is expected to be selected first overall by the Houston Texans, the next crop of running backs are projected to be taken toward the end of the first round.

    Former Gopher Laurence Maroney and DeAngelo Williams of Memphis both visited Winter Park this month and they are considered the second- and third-best running backs in the draft.

    "I think he's the third-best overall," ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. said of Maroney. "It's between him and Williams, and I gave DeAngelo the edge because he didn't have a very good line (at Memphis)."

    Given the Gophers' run-oriented offense, there were concerns about Maroney's pass-catching ability to catch the ball. But he has received positive feedback from NFL scouts since the combine.

    LenDale White, Bush's teammate at Southern California, also is projected as a late first- or early second-round pick.

    Later in the second round, players such as Joseph Addai of Louisiana State and Maurice Drew of UCLA are potential options. Both are known for their versatility. Drew was coached by current Vikings running backs coach Eric Bieniemy at UCLA.

    Report: Smith, who carried Whizzinator, won't be reinstated

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    [size=18px]Smith's eligibility still in question[/size]

    The NFL has taken no steps to reinstate him, and it's unclear if he's asked for it.

    Kevin Seifert, Star Tribune
    Last update: April 26, 2006 – 12:11 AM


    Vikings running back Onterrio Smith apparently will remain ineligible to play for the immediate future, because the NFL has made no move to reinstate him as the anniversary of his year-long suspension nears.

    The league banished Smith for the 2005 season after he violated the league's substance abuse policy for a third time. The suspension was for at least one year but remains in effect until Commissioner Paul Tagliabue lifts it.

    It is believed that Smith's earliest reinstatement date is May 19, 2006 -- the one-year anniversary of receiving a letter from the NFL notifying him of the suspension. League spokesman Greg Aiello has not responded to questions about Smith this week.

    Under NFL rules, Smith has been eligible to apply for reinstatement since March 20 -- 60 days before the anniversary of his suspension. His agent, Doug Hendrickson, did not respond to questions this week about whether Smith had applied. Typically, the NFL informs players of its decision 45 days after receipt of the letter.

    Smith served a four-game suspension in 2004 after testing positive for marijuana use. In April 2005, he was caught at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport with a device known as The Original Whizzinator, used to circumvent drug tests. His third violation of the substance abuse program came in early May 2005.

    It is not known whether Smith had a relapse or committed any further violation of the substance abuse policy since his suspension. In October, however, Smith was named in a civil lawsuit filed by a Twin Cities woman who accused him of sexual assault.

    The woman claimed Smith assaulted her in an Eden Prairie apartment in June 2004. No criminal charges have been filed, and the woman's attorney, Lori Peterson, said Tuesday that Smith has yet to respond to the lawsuit.

    Smith was the Vikings' fourth-round pick in the 2003 draft. He rushed for a combined 1,123 yards in two seasons.

    Smith's eligibility still in question

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    Re: O. Smith will not be reinstated?

    It said in another artice that the commissioner has the final say when a suspension is over. I am guessing that by the way he got caught, that the league is not quick to reinstate him.



    "The Commissioner, in his sole discretion, will determine if and when the player will be allowed to return to the NFL," the policy states. "A player's failure to adhere to his Treatment Plan during his banishment will be a significant consideration in the Commissioner's decision of whether to reinstate a player."

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    Re: O. Smith will not be reinstated?

    I hope he can at least get his life together even if he cannot return to our team. He was a steal in the 4th except for his affection for drugs. Come on Smith, it is not worth it.
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    IF he is clean, they should give him another chance. Just because he had problems in the past and is working on them, doesn't guarantee that he will have a relapse.

    Just because I woman says that he assaulted her should not have any impact unless charges are filed. Anyone can make a claim like that and not have anything to back it up. I would have to believe that if this was anyhtin gbut a money grab, charges would have been filed. IMO

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