Smoot out 4-6 weeks with broken right collarbone
Smoot initially hurt his shoulder Oct. 30 at Carolina and aggravated the injury last week against Detroit -- sitting out briefly before returning. The initial diagnosis was a painful but minor injury called a stinger, but athletic trainer Chuck Barta said Wednesday that an MRI exam revealed a small fracture.
Smoot, who left Washington and signed a six-year contract worth $34 million that included a $10.8 million bonus with Minnesota in March, has 37 tackles, one interception and a team-high 11 passes defended this year.
Running back Mewelde Moore, who sprained his right wrist against the Lions, is probable for Sunday's game. He participated fully in Wednesday's practice, but remained very sore.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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