Most Texans fans were resigned to some sort of punishment in the wake of Antonio Smith swinging a helmet at Richie Incognito in last weekend's Texans-Dolphins preseason game. Last night, rumor was that Smith would be suspended for the Texans' remaining two preseason games. That reported punishment never struck me as likely; suspending a veteran for two preseason games and not asking him to forfeit a regular season paycheck isn't much of a deterrent. If the NFL was going to suspend Houston's Ninja Assassin, it had to be during the regular season.
So it was written, and so it shall be done:
The NFL will suspend Texans defensive end Antonio Smith for one regular-season game and Houston's remaining two preseason games for forcibly removing the helmet of Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito and then dangerously swinging it at his face, a league source told ESPN.
He was also expected to be fined for the incident.
No word yet on whether Incognito will be disciplined for his conduct (remember, this isn't Incognito's first rodeo, even with Smith) or if Smith will appeal the punishment.
Personally, as much as I like Antonio Smith as a player, I have zero problem with the league's decision today. While Incognito is far from blameless, Smith's actions have no place on a football field or anywhere else.