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Houston (CBS Houston) – IT’S OFFICIAL: The Houston Texans announce Wednesday that defensive end Antonio Smith has been suspended without pay for the final two preseason games and from the first regular-season game for a flagrant violation of NFL safety rules in last Saturday’s game against the Miami Dolphins.
On Tuesday Smith admitted to KRIV, “I feel disappointed, disappointed in myself that I was able to let him get to me in the way that he did that frustrated me, when knowing that that’s his whole game, that’s what he bases his skill level off of, and I let him take me down a road that led me into that path.”
According to the Texans, Smith may attend team meetings prior to the next two preseason games but will not participate in practice or play in the last two preseason games. Beginning August 31, Smith can not take part in any team activities, including Monday nights game, September 9 against the San Diego Chargers.
He will be reinstated on Tuesday, September 10.
The play occurred in the Texans’ second preseason game against the Miami Dolphins where Smith removed the helmet of Dolphins guard Richie Incognito and then swung it in his direction.
According to the NFL Rule Book, Smith violated Rule 12, Section 2, Article 16, which states:
“A player may not use a helmet that is no longer worn by anyone as a weapon to strike, swing at, or throw at an opponent.”
Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the suspension may be appealed within three business days and an expedited hearing and decision would take place this week in advance of Sunday’s game.
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