Texans hope Antonio Smith’s suspension will be reduced


did a great job when he came in,” Smith said Tuesday, according to quotes distributed by the team. “He was a great kid, came in hungry. It was a different situation there last year when he came in. “That’s a veteran team with a lot of pieces in place. So it wasn’t his job from the jump. He came in and had to battle for it. I could say, I think it was a deeper roster there. For whatever reason, it didn’t work out. He’s got a ton of talent, a lot of speed, so I think the change is doing some good.” The 49ers ‘ fast decision to cut the cord counts as a significant red flag, but Jenkins deserves a real opportunity to prove he’s not a bust.

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(Photo: Kevin Jairaj, USA TODAY Sports) Story Highlights Smith faces a suspension of two preseason games and a regular-season game Smith and Incognito have past history of bad blood SHARE 129 CONNECT 21 TWEET 36 COMMENTEMAILMORE The Houston Texans are bracing for the absence of defensive end Antonio Smith in the regular-season opener while holding out hope his suspension could be reduced on appeal, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the NFL hadn’t announced the suspension, which is expected to cover the Texans’ two remaining preseason games as well as the Monday night opener against the Chargers in San Diego. Smith, 31, was caught on tape pulling the helmet off Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito’s head and then swinging it at Incognito’s face during the Texans’ preseason victory on Saturday. WATCH: Antonio Smith swings helmet at Incognito A person with knowledge of the review process told USA TODAY Sports earlier Tuesday the NFL was weighing a fine coming in lieu of a suspension for Smith, who would forfeit 1/17th of his $6 million base salary a hefty sum of $352,941 if forced to miss a regular-season game. “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.” Smith added that he would appeal: “Anybody would in this situation. I want to state my case. I’ve never had anything like this before.

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“My plan is, like anybody who gets in this situation, is to appeal it because that gives you the opportunity to state your case and to talk to the NFL and give them an opportunity to hear what you have to say. George Bridges/Getty images Antonio Smith was suspended for one regular-season game and two preseason games for Saturday night’s incident. ” In general, I feel disappointed, disappointed in myself that I was able to let him get to me in the way that he did that frustrated me, when knowing that that’s his whole game, that’s what he bases his skill level off of, and I let him take me down a road that led me into that path.” The suspension stems from a play during the second quarter of the Texans’ second preseason game against the Miami Dolphins . Dolphins guard Richie Incognito grabbed Smith’s face mask and appeared to take a swing at him. Smith reacted by freeing himself then ripping off Incognito’s helmet and swinging it. “Initially, I was full of frustration,” Smith said. “I swung the helmet, but I didn’t swing the helmet to hit Richie Incognito. If I was going to swing the helmet to hit Richie Incognito, it wouldn’t have been hard. He’s right there close.

His resume demonstrates he has an appreciation for four-quadrant data, but they arent his only criteria. After all, this is the same actor who made Ali and The Pursuit of Happyness remarkable by the sheer magnitude of his personality and ability. And although he supposedly has new installments in the works for some of his most popular franchises, including another Men in Black , hes also slated to anchor Focus, a con artist movie from the directors of Crazy Stupid Love, and is attached to star in the Hurricane Katrina drama, American Can, for Edward Zwick. Neither will likely require sequels or battling aliens. But its also possible that Smiths winning formula needs to be adjusted.At 44, Smith doesnt yet need to retreat from the action-oriented films that made him famous, but he might want to seek out more auteuristic directors who appreciate his fame and know how it can be manipulated in new and different ways. Seventeen years after Independence Day, Smith still lacks a real actor/director partnership like Johnny Depp has with Tim Burton and Leonardo DiCaprio has with Martin Scorsese and the only directors hes worked with more than once are Men in Blacks Barry Sonnenfeld, Bad Boyss Michael Bay, and Gabriele Muccino, who helmed Happyness and Seven Pounds. Turning down Tarantino was a missed opportunity for Smith, especially because it was a calculated risk that someone as established as Smith can easily afford to take. (Plus, can you imagine a better movie role to redeem himself for the yes-sir zen caddy he played in The Legend of Bagger Vance , the movie Spike Lee derided as Driving Mr. Damon?) Smith might also want to recalibrate the way he sells his projects, a full-court press that is high-volume, in both senses of the word. Smith engages talk-show hosts with an intensity that leaves no doubt that I. AM.

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About This Person Summary Biography Star of music, TV and movie fame, Will has become a household name by starring in big-budget action flicks such as Men in Black and Independence Day. Birth Date: Sep 25, 1968 Willard Christopher Smith, Jr. was born on September 25, 1968 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During his teen years, Will met up with Jeff Townes, better known today as Jazzy Jeff, the DJ to his raps. The twosome formed the rap group DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince, and they released their first album together “Rock the House” in 1987. The duo’s most popular songs included “Parents Just Don’t Understand” and “Summertime.” They were also the first recipients to win the newly created Rap Album award at the Grammys in 1988. Besides his work with Jazzy Jeff, Will had a solid music career as a solo artist, releasing several albums by himself as well. In 1990, Will earned a network contract deal with NBC to create the series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, a popular series than ran until 1996. After the television series ended, Will found himself a star of some big screen movies, including the Bad Boys films, Independence Day, the Men in Black films, I, Robot, and Hitch. In 2006, Will performed opposite his oldest son in the biopic film, The Pursuit of Happyness, in which he was also nominated for the Oscar for Best Actor.

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Ryan is still publicly undecided, saying, I dont want to get into the ifs, ands or whatever because were not there yet. Ryan wouldnt even commit to choosing a starter before the Jets final preseason game next Thursday. I dont want to tie us down, he said. I certainly understand that generally those decisions happen before the fourth preseason game. I understand thats normal protocol, but will our situation be that way? I dont know. Well see. * Rookie cornerback Dee Milliner barely practiced, as he worked on the side with a trainer for part of the afternoon. Ryan said Milliner continues to battle calf soreness. Kyle Wilson will start for Milliner on Saturday if the rookie cannot play. I think thats still it, Ryan said. It hasnt been getting a whole lot better. * Fullback Lex Hilliard was injured during practice, and while Ryan was not sure of the specifics, he suggested it looked a bit like a dislocated right shoulder.