RB will stay away from halftime java

Updated: November 25, 2003, 2:24 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

A cup of coffee stopped Michael Bennett more than the Detroit Lions did on Sunday, so the Vikings feel Bennett now is ready for a heavier load.

Bennett will start against the St. Louis Rams this Sunday and will receive the majority of the carries, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported in Tuesday's editions.

Bennett gained 73 yards on 15 carries against Detroit, but had only four carries in the second half after vomiting on the sidelines -- caused by coffee he drank at halftime.

"I'm never going to do that again,'' Bennett told the paper.

Moe Williams will handle some carries in a backup role and Onterrio Smith likely will be limited to special teams contributions, according to the report.