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Vikings RB Smith to be absent 'indefinitely'

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (May 19, 2005) -- Minnesota Vikings running back Onterrio Smith will miss the rest of the team's offseason program for undisclosed reasons.

"He's been excused from the rest of the offseason program and he'll be gone indefinitely," coach Mike Tice said. "I really can't speak about any reasons why or when he'll be back. It's in the league's hands. We'll leave it at that."

Neither Smith's agent, Doug Hendrickson, nor NFL spokesman Greg Aiello immediately returned phone calls seeking comment.

Smith missed the team's camp May 17 for unspecified personal reasons. He returned May 18 and worked out, but didn't speak to reporters.

Smith, a fourth-round pick in 2003, led the team in rushing last season with 544 yards.

The Associated Press News Service

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