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Smith fined $10,000 for cheap shot on Mawae

On Monday night, Texans defensive end Antonio Smith elbowed Titans center Kevin Mawae in the midsection, right in front of the umpire and the TV cameras.

At the time the move cost the Texans 15 yards, and now it will cost Smith $10,000.

Mawae has a reputation as something of a cheap shot artist, so it’s entirely possible that Smith was retaliating for something, but the bottom line is that Smith is the one who got caught, and the elbow to the ribs was an incredibly stupid move on Smith’s part. It’s no surprise that Smith was fined by the league.

Texans linebacker Brian Cushing was fined $5,000 for hitting Titans quarterback Vince Young out of bounds. That hit wasn’t as flagrant, but it also cost the Texans 15 yards.