Texans DE Smith's suspension appeal denied

The Sports NetworkAugust 23, 2013 

Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith's appeal of his suspension was denied by the league.

NFL.com reported the news Friday, citing a source apprised of the decision.

Smith will be suspended for the final two preseason games and one regular- season game for ripping off Richie Incognito's helmet and nearly striking the Miami Dolphins offensive lineman with it during a preseason game.

The 31-year-old Smith will miss Houston's Week 1 matchup against San Diego on Sept. 9.

Smith and Incognito have a prior history of bad blood, with the former receiving a $21,000 fine that was later reduced to $11,000 by the league for kicking Incognito in last year's season opener. Smith later said the outburst was in retaliation for Incognito, who has a reputation for over-agressive play, attempting to deliberately injure him by twisting his ankle.

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