"I thought we had an excellent chance to get him back the first week, but, like I said, I think our league's fair," Texans coach Gary Kubiak told reporters after practice Friday. "They look at everything, and they looked at this one and gave us our opportunity to present our case, and they made their ruling. ... We understand it. We accept it. As a team, we've got to get ready to meet the challenge."
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported that the denial was expected. Smith's case was heard by NFL appeals officer Ted Cottrell, not by new appeals officer Matt Birk, according to Rapoport.