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Texans' Antonio Smith to appeal suspension: 'I didn't swing (the helmet) at him'

Antonio Smith says he will appeal his reported suspension for swinging a helmet at an opponent. (Getty Images) Antonio Smith says he will appeal his reported suspension for swinging a helmet at an opponent. (Getty Images)

Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith says he will appeal his one-game suspension for swinging a helmet in the direction of Miami Dolphins offensive guard Richie Incognito.

The play happened during the Texans preseason matchup with Miami on Saturday.

Smith will miss the Week 1 contest against the San Diego Chargers and was also banned the final two preseason games. His suspension will cost him $352,941 of his $6 million base salary this season.

"I didn't swing (the helmet) at him," Smith said, according to the Houston Chronicle. "I was restrained. I caught myself. I did it out of frustration, but I brought the helmet back slow to my body so I wouldn't hit him. I think the suspension is a little harsh because I restrained myself."

"I will appeal. Anybody would in this situation," Smith added. "I want to state my case. I've never had anything like this before. I'm surprised it included a regular-season game."

BURKE: Antonio Smith suspended for Week 1 after run-in with Richie Incognito

Smith was also fined $11,000 last season for kicking Incognito after a fumble pile-up last season.

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