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Antonio Smith’s appeal denied

Antonio Smith

FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2013 file photo, Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith kneels on the field during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in Houston. Smith was suspended by the NFL on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, for the season opener and the last two preseason games for hitting Miami guard Richie Incognito with the Dolphins player’s helmet. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)


The next time Texans defensive end Antonio Smith plays in a game, it will be the second week of the regular season.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that the NFL has denied Smith’s appeal of the suspension he earned for swinging Dolphins guard Richie Incognito’s helmet in Incognito’s direction after ripping it off of Incognito’s head during an altercation in a preseason game between the teams last weekend. PFT has confirmed that the appeal was denied, and PFT has learned that the hearing officer was Ted Cottrell.

Smith was suspended for the two remaining preseason games and Week One of the regular season earlier this week. Smith will be able to attend team meetings for the remainder of the preseason, but he won’t be allowed to practice with the team until the suspension comes to an end. Smith won’t count against the team’s 53-man roster limit when they make their cuts later this month.

Jared Crick and Tim Jamison are the likeliest replacements for Smith on the defensive line until his suspension comes to an end.