Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/18/14

HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 23: Defensive end Antonio Smith #94 of the Houston Texans jokes in the game with the Tennessee Titans on November 23, 2009 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. The Titans won 20-17. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Antonio Smith of the Houston Texans recent one game suspension for the removal of a helmet and attempt at using it for some sort of a weapon is simply put the NFL's only option for recent decisions in other incidents.It is a decision that had to be handed down simply because the NFL, which was at one time labeled the No Fun League, has now begun venturing down a path of weakness. Recent lawsuits involving former players for lingering issues steming from years of brutal contact are just the tip of the iceberg."The players are claiming that the NFL knew that concussions caused depression, dementia and other neurological problems but concealed the information from them while promoting and glorifying the violence of the game. The players and their lawyers use words such as "fraud" and "cover-up" to describe the conduct of the league and its executives, and they seek public jury trials to examine the league's conduct and to determine what the league owes ...
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