Texans' Antonio Smith suspended one regular season game, two preseason games

Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith kneels on the field during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
August 23, 2013 2:21:53 PM PDT
It's official. The Houston Texans will be without one of their key defensive players on the field for a few weeks. Antonio Ssmith has lost his appeal of a three game suspension.

The NFL has denied Smith's expedited appeal of the suspension. This means Smith will miss the Texans' final two preseason games and have to sit out the season opener with the San Diego Chargers.

The league suspended smith for ripping off the helmet of the Miami Dolphins' Richie Incognito and swinging it at him last week. Smith will lose about $400,000 in salary.

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