Head coach Brad Childress said he would reserve judgment on the specifics surrounding Darrion Scott's arrest Wednesday for misdemeanor marijuana possession until he had an opportunity to speak directly to Scott.
Childress addressed reporters briefly Thursday and said he had not yet personally spoken to Scott, but planned to after the afternoon practice. He did indicate that defensive line coach Karl Dunbar had spoken with Scott earlier in the day.
When contacted by local media outlets, Scott's agent Tim DiPiero said Scott had no comment for the record at this time.
Scott, who is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, is the second Vikings player to be cited for marijuana possession in the last two weeks. Earlier this month, Dwight Smith was cited for possession and obstructing traffic in downtown Minneapolis.
The arrest happened in Charleston, West Virginia, where Scott lives and had been allowed to return home for the Christmas holiday. Childress said he let players on injured reserve and the practice squad head home for the holidays on Saturday. Scott has been on injured reserve with a broken foot since October.
Whether this incident will prevent the Vikings from attempting to re-sign Scott before free agency begins is unclear, but, like the incident with Smith, it can't be viewed as anything but bad news for his long-term future with the team.
VU will stay on this story and update it with any post-conversation comments Childress might make.
* Linebacker Ben Leber was the 2007 recipient of the Korey Stringer Good Guy Award. The award is given by the Twin Cities chapter of the Pro Football Writer's Association and recognizes a player for his cooperation and professionalism in dealing with the media.
* Pat Williams sat out his second straight practice Thursday with what is listed as knee and elbow injuries. He is expected to play Sunday, but Childress said there was no need to beat his body up any more on the practice field and that he could do better for himself getting treatment in preparation for Sunday's game.
* Bobby Wade sat out Thursday's practice with a knee injury. He suffered the injury two months ago, but hasn't missed any playing time due to the injury.
* All three of the Vikings that missed last Sunday's game with the Redskins – Antoine Winfield (shoulder), Sidney Rice (ankle) and Dontarrious Thomas (groin), practiced on a limited basis Thursday.
* Vinny Ciurciu, who suffered an ankle injury Sunday against the Redskins, sat out Thursday's practice.
* Linebacker David Herron, who suffered a concussion in last week's game, practiced on a limited basis Thursday.
* Three key Broncos players – linebacker Ian Gold (knee), tight end Daniel Graham (ankle) and wide receiver Brandon Stokley (knee) – did not practice Thursday.
* The fallout of the Lions second-half collapse is coming home to roost. Reports are circulating that offensive coordinator Mike Martz, who was given so much credit for the team's 6-2 start, might be let go after the season-ending game with the Packers.
* A wide receiver that had some speculating the Vikings might be interested in on the free agent market – Patrick Crayton of the Cowboys – became a moot point Thursday as he signed a four-year deal to remain in Dallas.
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