Smith has been suspended for taking off the helmet of Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito during their recent preseason game. He claims that he didn't do it, but he may have a hard time convincing anyone of that. The tale of the tape is pretty telling:
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This is going to be a tough one for the NFL, and completely up to the perception it wants to take on the incident. Smith had good luck appealing the fine he was hit with last year for kicking Incognito so maybe he'll have some luck here.
If it really wanted to the league could save a little face by holding to the two preseason game suspensions so it looks like it is still punishing him, but relent on the regular season game. That would save Smith the game check that he would have to forfeit (around $350K).
What starter would not want a good excuse for skipping preseason games anyway?