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Volume 6, Issue 30a (Thursday, May 19th)

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Hi Folks,

Chalk one up to the "Whizzinator".

WCCO TV (CBS) in Minneapolis / St. Paul is reporting that Vikings running back Onterrio Smith has been suspended by the NFL and will miss the 2005 season.

Clipped from the article:

The National Football league has suspended Minnesota Vikings running back Onterrio Smith for a year.

The reason for Smith's suspension was not immediately released. He will miss all of the 2005 football season.

Smith, 24, rushed for 579 yards as a rookie and led the Vikings last season with 544 yards.

Smith spent part of the 2004 season on the bench, serving a four game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. In the summer of 2004, Smith tested positive for marijuana.

At the time, Smith was in the league's substance-abuse program for at least one other previous positive test.

In April 2005, Smith was detained at the Minneapolis/ St. Paul International Airport with a device called "The Original Whizzinator." Smith reportedly told police the device is used "for making a clean urine test."

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Wow. I'll save the wasted talent commentary for another rant. All that matters to you right now is that it doesn't look like Smith will be in the picture for 2005. It's still far from a settled backfield with Michael Bennett, Mewelde Moore, Moe Williams, and rookie Ciatrick Fason so we'll see how these guys shake out during the Summer. But at least it looks like you can take Smith off your cheatsheets.

Thanks to Footballguy Paul Nicks for the headsup on this one.


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