NFL Fines Smith For Hit On Henne; Will Appeal
HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Texans defensive end Antonio Smith has been fined $15,750 dollars by the NFL for his Week 12 hit on Jacksonville quarterback Chad Henne in Houston’s 13-6 loss to the Jaguars.
Smith was penalized 15 yards for roughing the passer on a third down play in the third quarter, giving the Jaguars a first down.
He said he would be appealing the fine with the league.
Smith understands the league is trying to make a a push for player safety. However, he feels there is an unfair standard in protecting the offense.
“I personally don’t feel the protection they are trying to get across is the same for us defensive players,” Smith said. “More than 80% of the players fined in the league, at almost $4 million, are on defensive players.”
Smith was suspended for one game earlier this season for a pre-season altercation with Miami offensive lineman Richie Incognito where he swung a helmet towards him. The suspension cost Smith a game check of $352,941. He was also fined $11,000 for a previous incident with Incognito back in 2012.
Whitney Mercilus and Jared Crick have both been fined for roughing the passer penalties this season, both of which equaled Smith’s of $15,750. According to spotrac.com, which tracks NFL player contracts, fines and suspensions. Texans players have been fined, (including Smith’s forfeited week 1 game check) a combined $442,191 this season. All Texans players fined or suspended in 2013 have been defensive players.
The Texans (2-9) play host to the AFC East leading New England Patriots (8-3) on Sunday for a 12:00 p.m. CST kickoff at Reliant Stadium.
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