League ponders regular-season ban for Smith

With the NFL planning to discipline Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith for taking off Richie Incognito's helmet and swinging it at the offensive lineman, it was reported that Smith would likely be suspended for preseason games.

But since that would amount to a vacation (albeit not including whatever fine Smith would incur), Ed Werder of ESPN now reports that the league is considering the possibility of suspending Smith for a regular-season game or games over the incident.

If the suspension takes place in the regular season, then Smith would forfeit game checks for any game he missed due to the punishment. The league is apparently pondering its options in that regard in dealing wiht the matter.

Smith and Incognito have a history of not getting along, shall we say. Smith was fined $21,000 for twisting Incognito's ankle in a game last year, a fine that was later reduced to $11,000.

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