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    Smith In Week One?

    Just found this article on KFAN's web site. Sorry if everyone already knew this.

    Smith to play in opener?
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    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.
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    Smith In Week One?

    Who cares, this kid is trouble. I just hope he plays well enough that we can trade him before he gets suspended again.
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    Smith In Week One?

    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.


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    Smith In Week One?

    I was not aware of his problems from collage looks like the vikings got a player/party guy!
    can we clone Bud Grant?

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    Smith In Week One?

    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.
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    Smith In Week One?

    It was weed in college. He's getting suspended for coke now. Awesome.
    And, ladies and gentlemen, I also know that he cannot lead troops to victory in a war when he has made it perfectly clear that he does not support the cause. -Gen. Tommy Franks on John Kerry-

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    Smith In Week One?

    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!

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    Smith In Week One?

    "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.
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    Smith In Week One?

    Ok, maybe I was wrong. I could have sworn that I heard Smith popped for coke at some point. Oh well.
    And, ladies and gentlemen, I also know that he cannot lead troops to victory in a war when he has made it perfectly clear that he does not support the cause. -Gen. Tommy Franks on John Kerry-

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    Smith In Week One?

    "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.
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