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NFL reviewing helmet-swinging incident by Texans DE Antonio Smith (Video)

Antonio Smith could possibly be suspended after swinging his helmet at Richie Incognito (USA Today Sports Photos)

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports 1 reports the Nationwide Football League is reviewing an incident on Saturday night time the place Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith eliminated the helmet of Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito after which swung the helmet at Incognito, practically making contact with his face.

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From the video proven on FOX, the altercation occurred after Incognito appeared to have gotten away with what might have been an “illegal use of the arms” penalty after spending a lot of the play together with his palms in Smith’s face. Smith responded by ripping Incognito’s helmet off and, together with his left hand, swung the helmet within the course of the pinnacle of Incognito, who was capable of dodge the helmet earlier than it landed.

Smith and Incognito have a history of on-discipline fights. Smith was fined $21,000 for kicking Incognito in the course of the Texans’ 30-10 win over the Dolphins in Week 1 of the 2012 season. Smith claimed that Incognito had been holding and twisting Smith’s ankle, and his effective was decreased to $11,000 upon enchantment. The NFL selected not to advantageous Incognito for the incident.

Smith played the ignorance card after the game when requested concerning the incident by CSNHouston, saying he couldn’t bear in mind what occurred as a result of “it’s a long recreation.”

In 2011, Smith was fined $7,500 for ripping the helmet off of then-Baltimore Ravens guard Andre Gurode throughout a sport. Given Smith’s history of put up-whistle incidents, and that he may have inflicted considerable injury by using a weapon (a helmet) and a non-soccer action on Incognito, a multi-recreation suspension and severe fantastic for Smith would be warranted on this incident, which is drawing comparisons to Albert Haynesworth’s foot stomp on Gurode in 2006 and Ndamukong Suh’s foot stomp on Inexperienced Bay Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith in 2011.

Haynesworth was suspended 5 games with out pay for his incident, while Suh was suspended for 2 games. A two-to-5 recreation suspension for Smith would value him between $706,000 and $1.765 million of his $6 million base wage for the upcoming season.