Smith forgives himself and Incognito

Smith forgives himself and Incognito
September 1, 2013, 5:30 pm
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(Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)
CSNHouston Staff

Antonio Smith said he forgives Richie Incognito for instigating two incidents in two years, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The latest run-in with Incognito, in the second preseason game, resulted in Smith's being suspended for the season opener. Smith was suspended after ripping off Incognito's helmet and swinging it at him in retaliation.

“Days after that situation, I just let it go,” Smith said, via the Chronicle. “I forgave him. I forgave myself.

“The thing that hurts me the worst is letting down my brothers.

“After all my hurt and pain – my ranting and raving – I felt like they should have done something to him. Why me? At the end of the day, I’m in the meeting room and my brothers are looking at me, like, ‘I can’t believe you’re going to be gone. We’re going to miss you.’

“I heard that every day, and it became like torture. They showed me their support, but it reminded me of what I’m going to be missing. That humbled me more than anything, knowing I’m letting down my team.

“I’ve been wondering how it’s going to feel to watch on TV a game I’m supposed to be in. That’s something I never imagined I’d have to do.”

Smith was fined $21,000 for kicking Incognito during last year's regular season but the fine was later reduced to $11,000.

Smith, 31, is entering his final season under contract with the Texans. He had seven sacks last season and called it his best year in the NFL.

Without Smith, the Texans have just five defensive linemen on the 53-man roster.