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Colts Suspend King, Wooten

November 22, 1999

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ The Indianapolis Colts suspended defensive end Shawn King and safety Tito Wooten for four weeks on Monday after the two players missed bed check this weekend.

Monday’s action followed the Colts’ trip to Philadelphia, where the two players missed bedcheck and did not come in until 5 a.m., coach Jim Mora said.

``I’m not going to comment on it anymore,″ Mora said. ``As far as I’m concerned, they’re out of here for four weeks, maybe longer. Who knows? I don’t worry about it anymore.

``They break rules, they pay the price. It’s that simple.″

King, a starter, has 45 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks this season. Wooten, signed as a free agent after five years with the New York Giants, has 18 tackles as a backup. Neither played in the Colts’ 44-17 victory over the Eagles and will not be paid for Sunday’s game.

Mora said the Colts will re-sign safety Eric Smedley, who was released earlier, to take one roster spot, but he was unsure about filling the other position.

``It’s something I felt had to be done,″ Mora said of the suspensions. ``They’re both good football players and have played well for us, but when things like this happen you have to handle it like we have and you go on. I don’t worry about it. I don’t lose any sleep over it.

``They severely violated team rules and they’re paying the price. End of story.″

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