Texans’ Antonio Smith Loses Cool During Preseason Game, Suspended For Opener

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Smith may attend team meetings before the next two preseason games, but will not participate in practice or play Sunday against New Orleans or Aug. 29 against Dallas. Beginning Aug. 31, Smith is suspended for Week 1 of the regular season and may not take part in any team activities.

Incognito says respect for his teammates kept him calm after Smith swung the helmet.

“Football is an intense game,” Incognito said. “It’s played with a lot of passion. Blood runs hot. I’ve been there. I’m no choirboy. People lost their cool and I just thank God nobody got hurt.”

Smith ripped Incognito’s helmet off after a Miami pass play in the first half of Houston’s 24-17 victory at Reliant Stadium and swung it at Incognito. Television replays don’t clearly indicate whether the helmet made contact with Incognito’s face, and he declined to provide the answer.

No penalty was called on the play.

“You’re faced with those situations all the time. It’s been a work in progress for me,” Incognito said. “It’s something I’ve been working on for many years now. I have too much respect for my teammates and too much respect for the hard work that we put in to retaliate and affect this team negatively.”

Houston defensive end J.J. Watt said the team will miss Antonio Smith if the Texans have to play without him. He was asked if he thought Incognito was a dirty player, but didn’t directly answer the question.

“I think a lot of people think that,” Watt said.

Kubiak said he spoke to Antonio Smith about the situation and the defensive end knows his behavior wasn’t appropriate.

“He was very disappointed,” Kubiak said. “He wants to be out there on the football field and to be there with his team. He understands the consequences that go with losing your composure in a given moment.”

(Photo: AP)

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