Blocking hard charging defensive linemen? Just a part of the job. Dodging your own helmet when it is swung at your head? No big deal, at least according to Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito. The Miami Pro Bowler had to do just that on Saturday, when Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith decided to rip the helmet from Incognito's head and use it as a weapon against the Dolphins player.
Today, on Twitter, Incognito downplayed the incident.
Football is an intense game. Blood runs hot.... I've been there. Emotions run high. People lost their cool. Thank God no one got hurt— Richie incognito (@68INCOGNITO) August 20, 2013
However, the league saw it as a little more than just someone losing his cool. Smith was suspended for the Texans season opener against the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football. Smith will also have to sit out the two remaining preseason games for the Texans.
Smith has said he will appeal the suspension.