HOUSTON – Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith lost his cool in a preseason game, and its going to keep him out of the teams season opener.
Smith was suspended by the NFL on Wednesday for Week 1 of the regular season and the last two preseason games for hitting Miami guard Richie Incognito with the Dolphins helmet.
Smith ripped the helmet off Incognitos head, then hit Incognito on the shoulder with it Saturday night in the teams preseason game. The two also went at it in last seasons opener, when Smith kicked Incognito, drawing an $11,000 fine. Incognito was not fined for that play.
Smith must sit out Houstons visit to San Diego to begin the season Sept. 9. He also will lose about $400,000 in salary for his seventh rules violation since 2011.
The Texans said league rules forbid Smith from speaking with the media while he is suspended, but general manager Rick Smith said the player will appeal.
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