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NFL announces Antonio Smith suspension through Week 1

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The NFL has officially announced what was widely expected: Texans defensive end Antonio Smith has been suspended for the last two games of the preseason and the first game of the regular season.

For the rest of the preseason, Smith will be allowed to attend team meetings, but not to practice. Beginning on Saturday, August 31, and continuing through the Texans’ regular-season opener against the Chargers on Monday, September 9, Smith is not allowed to participate in meetings, practices or any other team activities. He will be allowed to re-join the team on Tuesday, September 10.

Smith will spend Week One on the reserve/suspended list, which means the Texans won’t have to count him toward their 53-man limit on the final cutdown day of August 31.

NFL Vice President of Football Operations Merton Hanks imposed the suspension as a result of Smith ripping off Dolphins guard Richie Incognito’s helmet and swinging the helmet at Incognito’s head. As the league pointed out in its announcement of Smith’s suspension, that’s a clear violation of the rules, which state, “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.”

Smith will appeal his suspension, and he has three business days to file that appeal. Appeals are heard and decided by either Matt Birk or Ted Cottrell, who were jointly hired by the NFL and the players’ union to hear appeals of discipline for on-field infractions. If Birk is chosen as the appeal officer, it will represent the first high-profile case he has heard since becoming an appeal officer this month.

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31 Responses to “NFL announces Antonio Smith suspension through Week 1”
  1. ccjcsr says: Aug 21, 2013 1:24 PM

    I bet he would have recieved more if he connected…

  2. jjb0811 says: Aug 21, 2013 1:25 PM

    so he suspended for 2 games that he may have played a total of 25 plays? What a joke.

  3. thewizardofbs says: Aug 21, 2013 1:26 PM

    So if he appeals and the thing is dragged out a week or so longer until a ruling is made and he loses, then the penalty starts later and extends further into the regular season and he misses more regular season games. That is a dumber move than hitting another player with a helmit. What was his wonderlic score anyway?

  4. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 21, 2013 1:35 PM

    Knowing how soft Birk is, he will likely win his appeal.

  5. hehateme2 says: Aug 21, 2013 1:37 PM

    It should be 3 games into the regular season. Losing two pre-season games where:
    1) the pay is less and
    2) he probably wasn’t going to play much anyway

    is too soft for the offense. He came within inches of hitting Richie in the head with force. Player safety? Really?

    It’s really disappointing to hear some of the homer texan’s fans trying to make excuses for this clear loss of temper and putting another player in danger.

    This thud is clearly out of control and needs to be put down, so to speak.

  6. footballradioshow says: Aug 21, 2013 1:40 PM

    The league probably took into consideration what a jerk Cognitio is

  7. ingraven says: Aug 21, 2013 1:45 PM

    A suspension for the last 2 games of the preseason is an ABSOLUTE JOKE!!

  8. ingraven says: Aug 21, 2013 1:46 PM

    youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 21, 2013 1:35 PM

    Knowing how soft Birk is, he will likely win his appeal
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    Knowing how soft Birk is, he probably just won a SuperBowl.

  9. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 21, 2013 1:51 PM

    They should sit the clown for a year at least. That’s probably what he would have gotten attacking someone with a large blunt object on the street. What a frigging primate.

  10. bloodisred says: Aug 21, 2013 1:51 PM

    Smith’s actions were reprehensible and he deserves punishment however, if you watch the whole incident (instead of the last 4 seconds the media has taken to showing the past two days) Incognito absolutely should not escape without penalty.

  11. smalltownqb says: Aug 21, 2013 1:51 PM

    It is all on video. What the heck is he appealing?

    “no baby…it wasn’t me…”

  12. ingraven says: Aug 21, 2013 1:58 PM

    awwwww man, i worded that comeback COMPLETELY WRONG. haha. oh well.

  13. htown1035 says: Aug 21, 2013 2:00 PM

    The Cowboys’ Michael Irvin was fined $12,000 for swinging his helmet during a halftime fight during a 1994 Monday Night Football game against the Giants.

    Not like it hasn’t happened before…

  14. whatjusthapped says: Aug 21, 2013 2:00 PM

    Birk is plenty smart, he realized he had to get out of Minnesota to win a Superbowl. That automatically makes him smarter than a million Viking fans.

  15. getyourownname says: Aug 21, 2013 2:02 PM

    ccjcsr says:
    Aug 21, 2013 1:24 PM
    I bet he would have recieved more if he connected…
    ***********************
    I was thinking he would have received less, given how everyone feels about Incognito.

  16. Nickstixx says: Aug 21, 2013 2:10 PM

    Von smokes some weed, gets 6 games. This dude tries to bash someones face with a helmet, gets 1 game….

  17. laxcoach37 says: Aug 21, 2013 2:16 PM

    Ok… Texan Homers, here’s the thing. Yes, Incognito is nasty and not probably, but definately provoked this, but Incognito is a Pro-Bowler who is so savyy, he figured a way to adopt his Title “Dirtiest OLineman” and literally dominate his opponent by getting in their heads. Like him or not, every fan wants this guy on their team. As for Smith, he actually deserved more and not for the violence, but for the stupidity of getting caught !,

  18. fosteraustralianfortouchdown says: Aug 21, 2013 2:19 PM

    Antonio gets rest of preseason off to rest and avoid injury. Excellent

  19. fosteraustralianfortouchdown says: Aug 21, 2013 2:24 PM

    Texans aren’t making excuse for antonio, he deserves some sort of punishment. Incognito brought this on himself because he is a piece of sh!t cheapshot artist on a second rate team. Antonio screwed up he is getting punished. Doesnt change the fact Incognito is a bum!
    ‘i’m no choir boy’ really? what a scumbag!

  20. sbchampsagain says: Aug 21, 2013 2:27 PM

    Incognito would fit in well on the Steelers.

    They like dirty players and mediocre offensive linemen.

  21. melikefootball says: Aug 21, 2013 2:33 PM

    WOW he gets suspended for two preseason games, I bet he is so sorry.

  22. tindeaux says: Aug 21, 2013 2:51 PM

    suspend the dude 3 regular season games. preseason games are jokes.

  23. jrebar88 says: Aug 21, 2013 2:51 PM

    Im sure he is devastated about missing these all important preseason games. Drink too much water, six games. Swing helmet at someones head, one regular season game.

  24. ivedoneyourwife says: Aug 21, 2013 3:04 PM

    He shouldn’t appeal the suspension considering what he did was aggravated battery which constitutes a 3rd degree felony in most states.

  25. bluenose1965 says: Aug 21, 2013 3:08 PM

    jrebar88 says:
    Aug 21, 2013 2:51 PM
    Im sure he is devastated about missing these all important preseason games. Drink too much water, six games. Swing helmet at someones head, one regular season game.

    ____________________________________________

    Drink too much water???? Really, are you that naive??

    I suppose you believe A-Rod is innocent as well.

  26. hehateme2 says: Aug 21, 2013 3:42 PM

    Incognito was owning him and seriously got into his head. Smith is a mental midget.

    Funny how most of the NFL is on Richie’s side of this. Poor little Texans, now the dirty team label is now on you.

  27. htown1035 says: Aug 21, 2013 3:54 PM

    hehateme2 says:
    Aug 21, 2013 3:42 PM
    Incognito was owning him and seriously got into his head. Smith is a mental midget.

    Funny how most of the NFL is on Richie’s side of this. Poor little Texans, now the dirty team label is now on you.
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    hehateme2, I know you’re a bitter Miami fan, but you really can quit with the whole “Texans are the dirty team” bit – no one thinks that and everyone knows despite this that Incognito is still one of, if not the, dirtiest players in the NFL.

  28. doggeatdogg says: Aug 21, 2013 4:09 PM

    I suspect anyone who swings a helmet with intent to connect is an idiot. He’s just confirmed the suspicion with his move to appeal the suspension. These linesmen are alway talking trash to each other and Incognito is one of the best. Only weak minded players allow the trash talk to get to them. The penalty is a joke. He is lucky this didn’t end up in a court of law.

  29. don2074978 says: Aug 21, 2013 4:10 PM

    I think this makes him ineligible for termination pay (Vets get paid the full year if they are cut but only if they are on the opening day roster)

  30. whodatsaybaby says: Aug 21, 2013 4:13 PM

    Saints fans are not happy about this, Mr. Godell!!!!

  31. icanspeel says: Aug 21, 2013 6:38 PM

    Antonio Smith will appeal that he was just swinging, I mean handing the helmet back to Incognito.

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