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Vikings plan to waive Underwood

Published Sep. 29, 2005

Vikings officials said they will cut ties with first-round pick Dimitrius Underwood, who left camp after one practice and has not returned.

Vikings' attorneys informed Underwood's agent, Craig Domann, that the team doesn't want him back, according to the Saint Paul Pioneer Press. The newspaper said the Vikings haven't decided how to part ways with the rookie defensive lineman, but most likely they will place him on waivers.

Underwood signed a $5.3-million, six-year contract shortly before camp.

Meanwhile, Underwood's high school football coach said the player seemed anxious and less excited about becoming a Viking, according to a Star Tribune report. Underwood's mother also thought he was acting differently but didn't know why, the coach told the Minneapolis newspaper.

The newspaper also reported religion might have played a role in Underwood's behavior. The 22-year-old repeatedly called his family's minister to talk about a deep religious experience he had had, the newspaper said.

BENGALS: Holdout QB Akili Smith, despite being unable to agree with management on money, has agreed on the structure of a contract that would get the No. 3 pick into training camp. Agent Leigh Steinberg and management representatives are taking public snipes at each other, however, similar to negotiations for QB David Klingler in 1992.