Source: Texans DE Antonio Smith Banned for Week One


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Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images (NEW YORK) —  The NFL will suspend Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith for one regular season game for forcibly removing the helmet of Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito and swinging it at his face, according to a source.

Smith will also miss the team’s two remaining preseason games.  The source says that Smith was fined an undisclosed amount by the league, but will be appealing both the fine and the suspension.

The incident between Smith and Incognito occurred during the second quarter of Saturday’s preseason game.  Incognito appeared to grab Smith’s facemask while attempting to block him.  Smith responded by ripping off Incognito’s helmet and swinging it at him.

Smith declined to discuss the incident after the game.

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