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Antonio Smith's Appeal Denied; Suspension For Incident With Richie Incognio Upheld

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The NFL acted quickly in hearing and adjudicating Antonio Smith's appeal of the suspension handed down for Smith's swinging of a helmet at Richie Incognito.

The Ninja will have some time to think about things.
The Ninja will have some time to think about things.
Scott Halleran

Last Saturday night, this happened during the Texans-Dolphins preseason game. On Tuesday, the NFL announced that Antonio Smith would be suspended for the remaining two preseason games and one regular season game as punishment for his latest encounter with Richie Incognito. Smith quickly made it clear he would appeal the league's decision.

Just as Smith didn't waste any time appealing the decision, the NFL wasted little time denying Smith's appeal. From National Football Post:

The NFL has denied the expedited appeal of Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith, upholding his suspension for the final two preseason games and one regular-season game.

The appeal was heard by former NFL defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell, one of two appeals officers along with six-time Pro Bowl center Matt Birk.

Again, I have no problem with the league's discipline of Smith. I do, however, remain frustrated that Richie Incognito continues to escape reprimand for his actions.