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 Smith - Out For The Season 
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Smith violated substance-abuse policy news services
June 7, 2005, 2:12 PM ET

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The NFL announced on Tuesday that troubled Minnesota Vikings running back Onterrio Smith has been suspended for the entire 2005 season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Smith will forfeit his entire base salary, $380,000, for the 2005 season. The Vikings could also seek to recover a portion of his signing bonus.

The announcement had been expected for several weeks, ever since Vikings head coach Mike Tice suspended Smith indefinitely following an embarrassing run-in at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Smith was stopped April 21 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport after his bag set off a screening device. A search found several vials of dried urine and "The Original Whizzinator," which is marketed as a way to beat drug tests.

Smith told police the gear was for his cousin. He wasn't charged by police, and the NFL has said possession of the device alone isn't enough to violate league drug policies.

The NFL's news release did not give a specific reason for Smith's suspension.

Smith's attorney, David Cornwell, did not immediately return a telephone call from The Associated Press on Tuesday afternoon.

Smith was expected to battle for the starting running back job with Michael Bennett and Mewelde Moore after leading the team in rushing in 2004.

Smith missed four games last season for violating the league's drug policy, and had two strikes against him before the latest violation. The third strike in the program comes with an automatic one-year suspension.

June 7th, 2005, 2:31 pm
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AHHHH HAHAHA. That's what he gets. Where's that purple feller at? Wonder what he thinks about this. That works in the rest of the NFC's favor I suppose. OR that means that Minny could give Edge/Alexander/Henry a look.

June 7th, 2005, 4:11 pm
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His future with the Vikings looks somewhat bleak - he becomes a restricted free agent this season.

He will most likely be brought back, however, for another year.

Good news for us!

Michael Bennett's contract is also up, he will be a UFA. Moe Williams' contract is also up, he will be a UFA.

Good thing Minnesota drafted Mewelde Moore and Ciatrick Fason. They will need them to pan out.

June 7th, 2005, 8:48 pm
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June 10th, 2005, 9:49 pm
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Welcome to the forum LIONStoDETROIT05!

Except, if the Lions go to Detroit for the Super Bowl, it will be in '06

June 10th, 2005, 10:07 pm
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