Talk about a close call.
Video discovered by Fox Sports from Saturday night’s Dolphins-Texans game shows Texans defensive lineman Antonio Smith ripping off Richie Incognito’s helmet and swinging it at him.
The play did not result in a penalty at the time, but Smith could still be subject to a fine.
Incognito and Smith have a history. When the teams played early in the 2012 season, the men got into an altercation during which Smith believed Incognito tried to break his ankles. Incognito denied the allegation, and the league apparently agreed.
It was Smith — not the Dolphins guard who often appears on the league’s dirtiest players list — who was later fined for kicking Incognito.
The NFL is sure to be looking into the latest matter.
• Even though the Dolphins opened camp a month ago Tuesday, they remarkably have not yet played a home preseason game. That will change Saturday — marking the first time local fans will be subjected to the league’s new bag policy.
Entrants to the stadium will be allowed to bring in one bag that is clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and does not exceed 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches. A one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag is also permitted.
Fans may also carry in a small clutch bag or purse, roughly the size of a hand. The NFL will make exceptions for medically necessary items after proper inspection at Gate E.
• Dolphins players were off Monday. The team practices Tuesday, a session that is closed to the public.