Smoot Hospitalized After Car Accident

Vikings cornerback Fred Smoot fractured his jaw in five places in a single-car accident, head coach Brad Childress revealed Wednesday.

The Vikings' thinning secondary was thinned further last Friday.

Vikings coach Brad Childress announced Wednesday that cornerback Fred Smoot was in a single-car accident that left him with a jaw fractured in five places.

"Details are sketchy … but he had broken his jaw in five places. Obviously, I can't speak to him, but we've texted a few times," Childress said. "He's coherent enough to be able to text. He's coherent enough to be able to write."

Smoot is out of the hospital after having surgery, according to Childress.

Smoot's season ends with 64 tackles and one interception. He had 44 tackles and two interceptions in 2005, his first season with the Vikings after signing as a free agent from the Washington Redskins.

The Vikings will place Smoot and Cedric Griffin (neck stinger), both of whom have started games for the Vikings this year, on injured reserve, leaving their secondary short on depth, especially at the cornerback position.

Griffin had started seven games this season and Smoot 10, with three of those starts coming in the nickel defensive scheme.

The team could elevate cornerback Patrick Body from the practice squad and may sign a veteran defensive back to the team, but Ronyell Whitaker and Charles Gordon are expected to see extensive time in the Vikings defense opposite left cornerback Antoine Winfield.

The Vikings worked out defensive backs Wally Dada and Stanford Samuels on Tuesday.

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