Texans defensive end Antonio Smith confirmed Tuesday that he is appealing the suspension handed down from the league as a result of Smith forcibly removing Dolphins guard Richie Incognito’s helmet and swinging it in the direction of the guard during the preseason game between the two teams.
Smith was suspended for the two remaining preseason games as well as the first game of the regular season, a penalty he believes was too harsh because he wasn’t trying to hit Incognito with the helmet. Mark Berman of FOX 26 in Houston reports that Smith said he was swinging the helmet out of “frustration” and that he regretted losing his cool with Incognito for the second time in as many years.
“I am disappointed in myself I was able to let [Incognito] get to me in the way that he did,” Smith said.
We’ll find out soon enough if the league buys Smith’s explanation for his actions the other night, but the guess here is that Smith won’t be playing in Week One. Whatever proclivity Incognito has for playing close to and/or over the edge, Smith went too far and it’s not something that the NFL can have on the field without resulting in discipline.