HOUSTON – Antonio Smith was so excited about rejoining the Houston Texans after a three-game suspension that he woke up early Tuesday hoping to meet the team buses when they arrived from the airport from their season-opener at San Diego.
Rain and rush hour traffic delayed his trip from the suburbs and he missed their arrival.
That was OK, though. It gave the gregarious defensive end a chance to surprise his teammates in the locker room.
Smith was suspended for hitting Miami guard Richie Incognito with the Dolphins player's helmet in a preseason game.
He was docked about $354,000 for the incident, and says something like that won't happen again. He says he learned that he: "can't let him or anyone else get in my head."