The Houston Texans could be without a piece of their defense for their next several games. Although it is preseason, things were heated against the Miami Dolphins in their week two match up. Texans defensive end Antonio Smith is being investigated by the NFL for a play in which he ripped off the helmet of Dolphins guard Richie Incognito and then swung the helmet at his face.
He narrowly missed on his violent strike, and no flag was thrown on the play. The NFL is still expected to suspend Smith for the rest of the preseason as a result of the play. A bit strange that there was no penalty, a referee is clearly looking in their direction while the incident took place.
The two men have history, last season Smith was fined $21,000 by the NFL for kicking Incognito in the head. Smith said that the Dolphins guard had attempted toon the previous play.
After the game, Smith declined to comment on the incident to reporters, responding to their inquiries by saying “next question.”
In an era of the NFL centered around protecting the heads of its players, behavior like this is unlikely to be tolerated. Considering the history between the two, the NFL won’t be as forgiving to Smith the second time around. A preseason ban still sounds like getting off easy, however it sends a message that he is on thin ice the next time the Dolphins and Texans square off.
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