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NFL to suspend Antonio Smith?

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07:11 AM ET 08.20 | After video review, the league, apparently, will act swiftly. The NFL is expected to suspend Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith for up to two preseason games for using a helmet as a weapon against Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The suspension is expected to be announced Tuesday, according to the source. The incident occurred during the second quarter of Saturday's preseason game when Incognito was attempting to block Smith. Incognito appeared to grab the face mask of Smith, who retaliated by ripping off Incognito's helmet and swinging it at the veteran lineman. Smith declined to talk about the scuffle. "Next question," he told reporters after the game. "I kind of took a blow to the head. I can't remember."

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August 20, 2013  07:17 AM ET

Big deal! He'd probably welcome that.

August 20, 2013  07:19 AM ET

As I recall, an NFL player gets 1/16th of his salary for every regular-season game. If he's suspended for a game, he loses that chunk of change.

But, he gets nothing for pre-season games, and therefore loses nothing if he is suspended.

Ergo - a meaningless suspension.

August 20, 2013  07:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

As I recall, an NFL player gets 1/16th of his salary for every regular-season game. If he's suspended for a game, he loses that chunk of change.But, he gets nothing for pre-season games, and therefore loses nothing if he is suspended.Ergo - a meaningless suspension.

And a chance to take a swing at one of the dirtier players in the league. Not a lot of downside.

August 20, 2013  07:37 AM ET

Whoa whoa whoa!!!! Bro! You can't do that!

August 20, 2013  07:56 AM ET

A nice two game break from pre-season. That's a reward.

August 20, 2013  08:04 AM ET

Incognito is a dirty player...was in college also.

August 20, 2013  08:08 AM ET

Incognito is a dirty player...was in college also.

August 20, 2013  08:20 AM ET

What happened to Incognito? Sounds like he started it.

"You wanted to see me, Mr. Goodell?"

"Yes, Richie. As punishment for that facemask grab, I will require you to play in the rest of the pre-season games."

August 20, 2013  08:22 AM ET

To be a dirty player he sure is Incognito

August 20, 2013  08:48 AM ET

Smith's defense: "Hey, I didn't recognize him! He was Incognito."

August 20, 2013  08:54 AM ET

Are you that rag on Shu will rag on Smith too?

August 20, 2013  08:54 AM ET

Are you that rag on Shu will rag on Smith too?

August 20, 2013  08:54 AM ET

Are you that rag on Shu will rag on Smith too?

August 20, 2013  08:54 AM ET

Are you that rag on Shu will rag on Smith too?

August 20, 2013  08:55 AM ET

Are you that rag on Shu will rag on Smith too?

August 20, 2013  08:55 AM ET

Are you that rag on Shu will rag on Smith too?

August 20, 2013  08:55 AM ET

Are you that rag on Shu will rag on Smith too?

August 20, 2013  08:56 AM ET

Are you that rag on Shu will rag on Smith too?

August 20, 2013  08:56 AM ET

Are you that rag on Shu will rag on Smith too?

 
August 20, 2013  08:56 AM ET

Are you that rag on Shu will rag on Smith too?

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