Smoot 'hated' his time in Minnesota

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  • Updated: August 9, 2007 - 11:41 PM

Former Vikings cornerback Fred Smoot, happy to be back with the Washington Redskins, has little positive to say about his time in Minnesota.

Former Vikings cornerback Fred Smoot, happy to be back with the Washington Redskins, has little positive to say about his time in Minnesota.

"I just wasn't into it," Smoot told the Washington Post of his two years in Minnesota. "I hated the place. I was in a depression, believe that? Smiling Fred Smoot goes through a depression?

"But it happened, man, it happened. I was down, and that's why I made this happen. I went to [Minnesota's] front office and told them: 'I don't want to be there no more. We need to work something out.' And we made it happen. I got out of there, and now smiling Fred Smoot is back."

Despite pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct for his part in the Vikings' "Love Boat" scandal, Smoot maintained "nothing happened" on the cruise. Smoot was ordered to do community service and paid an $82,352 fine mandated by the NFL.

Smoot, who is third on the Redskins' depth chart at cornerback, said his unhappiness in Minnesota led to subpar play.

"I didn't get along with the people there," he said. "I didn't get along with a lot of stuff there. And when a player's not happy he's not going to perform up to his ability."

Alstott's career might be over

Is this the end for Mike Alstott? He doesn't even want to think about it.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed the six-time Pro Bowl fullback on injured reserve because of a neck problem. Alstott said it is not related to a career-threatening injury that required surgery in 2003.

"The facts are the facts. I can't put on the helmet and jersey this year," said Alstott, 33. "One thing is, you don't mess with the neck. There are always situations where it can be worsened by playing. It is a severe injury, and it's a situation you don't mess with."

But Alstott, arguably the most popular player in team history, couldn't bring himself to say he might have played his last game. The team's second all-time rusher with 5,088 yards had been preparing for his 12th season but became concerned when soreness in his neck persisted as training camp progressed.

Tests performed by team doctors revealed a new problem, and the decision to place him on IR was made after Alstott consulted with his personal surgeon, who operated on the fullback during the 2003 season.

Thursday's games

Dallas 23, Indianapolis 10: Tony Romo completed 10 of 11 passes and led two scoring drives as Dallas beat the Colts in new Cowboys coach Wade Phillips' preseason debut in Irving, Texas.

Peyton Manning played only one drive for Indianapolis, going 3-for-5 for 37 yards. Most of it came on a 28-yard strike to Marvin Harrison, made possible by rookie left tackle Tony Ugoh holding off Dallas' best rusher, DeMarcus Ware.

Detroit 27, Cincinnati 26: Calvin Johnson, the No. 2 overall draft pick in April, caught two passes for 45 yards late in the first half to set up a score, and the Lions rallied late to beat the Bengals in an exhibition opener in Detroit.

Bengals rookie running back Kenny Irons injured his left knee and ankle and was taken to the locker room on a cart after hobbling off the field. He had four carries for 17 yards, including an 11-yard gain.


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