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Texans DE Smith Fined For Kicking Incognito

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Antonio Smith (credit: Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Antonio Smith (credit: Bob Levey/Getty Images)

HOUSTON (AP) – Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith says he’s been fined $21,000 by the league for kicking Miami guard Richie Incognito during last week’s win over the Dolphins.

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Smith missed two practices this week with a sore right ankle. He says he was only retaliating when Incognito tried to twist his ankle after the whistle.

“If you’re going strictly by the rule book, me kicking him was breaking the rules,” Smith said Friday. “But I want them (the NFL) to look at why I was kicking him, trying to get him off of my ankle. You see on the film, the moment my ankle came free, I stopped. I was just trying to get my ankle free from him mauling it.”

After Sunday’s game, Incognito said he was innocent of wrongdoing.

“There was a lot of whining going on out there, and it went to the refs, and then the whining continued to the media after the game,” Incognito said Monday.

Incognito, who has carried what he says is an outdated reputation as a dirty player, said the complaint about twisting Smith’s ankle stemmed from a play where the Dolphins fumbled.

“He was getting up and trying to go for the ball,” Incognito said, “so I pretty much tackled his legs.”

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