When Onterrio Smith was drafted in the fourth round last year, Vikings coaches and personnel were quick to say that they had Smith rated 32nd overall — technically a first-rounder — on their board.
When asked why he lasted until the fourth round, one coach made the international symbol for smoking pot — a thumb pressed against an index finger and an inhaling sound.
Thanks to a problem at Tennessee, Smith was placed into the league's substance abuse program. Thursday, the hammer fell. Smith, who obviously had a separate issue between college and today, is expected to be suspended for four games by the league.
The announcement comes as a surprise to the Vikings, who didn't comment on the matter Thursday night. Smith remains with the team in Atlanata, but his long term future has come into question.
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