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HOUSTON The NFL has reduced its fine on Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith for kicking Miami s Richie Incognito to $11,000.

Smith was initially fined $21,000 by the league for kicking the Dolphins guard. Smith appealed, saying he was retaliating to Incognito s stepping on his right ankle during the season opener. He missed two practices the following week with soreness in the ankle.

Incognito wasn t fined. Smith showed off a letter from the league on Thursday, saying the NFL was trimming the fine.

The Texans (10-1) play at Tennessee (4-7) on Sunday.

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