NFL denies Antonio Smith's appeal

NFL denies Antonio Smith's appeal
August 23, 2013, 1:00 pm
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(Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

The NFL has denied Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith’s appeal to have his suspension reduced.

It was expedited to get a decision before the suspension starts on Sunday for Houston's home preseason game versus the New Orleans Saints.  It was upheld for the team’s final two preseason games and its first regular season game in San Diego on Sept. 9. He will be eligible to return on Sept. 15 for the Texans’ home opener against the Tennessee Titans.

In Saturday night’s preseason game versus Miami, Smith ripped off the helmet of Dolphins guard Richie Incognito and then swung it as his face. Smith and Incognito have a history. Smith was also fined $11,000 when he kicked Incognito after a fumble pile-up last season.

Smith will lose about $353,000 in salary for his seventh rules violation since 2011 and his 14th since 2005.