Smoot May Have Been Benched as Disciplinary Matter

Cornerback Fred Smoot may have been benched for the Minnesota Vikings' opening defensive series of Sunday's loss to the Chicago Bears as a disciplinary measure.

Coach Brad Childress did not give a reason for Smoot's absence from the Vikings' lineup at the outset of the game, saying during his news conference Monday that the matter would remain between him and Smoot.

Smoot entered the game for the Vikings' second series on defense.

Childress released wide receiver Koren Robinson during training camp after Robinson was arrested and charged with drunk driving and felony fleeing from police, and he put safety Dwight Smith on the inactive list for the season's opening game after Smith was ticketed for indecent conduct.

By Mark Maske |  September 26, 2006; 1:31 PM ET  | Category:  Vikings
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