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Old 08-19-2013   #43
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Default Re: Replay of Dirty Incognito vs Antonio

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By David Barron and Brian T. Smith

The crew at Fox Sports 1’s new “Fox Football Daily” show had some harsh words during their debut show Monday afternoon for Texans defensive lineman Antonio Smith’s helmet swing at Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito. Some, in fact, said it was worse than highly publicized stomping incidents involving Ndamukong Suh and Albert Haynesworth.

Mike Pereira, former vice president of NFL officiating, believes Smith could be suspended two regular-season games for pulling off Incognito’s helmet and proceeding to swing it at the player.

Pereira, FOX Sports’ rules analyst, said Smith’s previous on-the-field incidents will likely factor into the NFL’s decision and the league is reportedly reviewing his actions Saturday.

“I expect a severe penalty,” said host Jay Glazer. “You look back at guys who were suspended in the past, this is worse than the Suh, maybe even the Hayensworth (incidents), because he rares way back and the intent, if he had hit (Incognito) in the right spot, he could have killed the guy.”

Recently retired NFL cornerback Ronde Barber also chimed in.

“That’s beyond player safety,” he said. “That’s beyond player safety. He could have killed him if he hit him in the head, in the temple. … The intent of the action, if you’re in the heat of the moment, the Suh one, the Hayensworth, you’re mad, but with a helmet in our hand?”

Smith declined to discuss the incident Saturday after the Texans’ preseason victory against the Dolphins at Reliant Stadium. The NFL has yet to announce a penalty and Smith initially was expected to just be fined for the move. But he has past history with Incognito and was fined $21,000 — reduced to $11,000 after an appeal – for kicking Incognito last season while both were on the ground after a play.

The Texans are already dealing with injuries to star players Arian Foster and Ed Reed, both of whom are on the PUP list and may not be available for a Sept. 9 regular season-opener at San Diego.
http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans...ded-two-games/
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