Broncos defensive end Antonio Smith is being investigated for child abuse, TMZ reported early Thursday morning. The investigation is related to "multiple incidents dating back to 2010" in the state of Texas, according to the person making the accusation against Smith. The case was filed in Colorado in November but was moved to Texas. Fort Bend County District Attorney John Healey confirmed to TMZ that the child abuse division is handling the case against Smith but said that no charges have been filed. Healey later told the Denver Post that his office has been investigating Smith for several weeks. "It is true that the county sheriff's office has received a complaint from an individual," he said. "They are, and have been, conducting an investigation. ... My office is working with the investigating agency to review their information and further their investigation. There is nothing imminent." The Broncos released a statement regarding the matter, reading, "Last night, we became aware for the first time of an allegation involving Antonio Smith. We are now in the process of gathering more information."
The Broncos announced on Thursday that they have signed defensive lineman Antonio Smith to a one-year deal. According to NFL.com, the deal will pay Smith $2 million for his only season he's under contract for. In 10 years, Smith totaled 302 total tackles, 44.5 sacks, eight passes defensed and 11 forced fumbles. He's had stints with the Cardinals (2004-2008), Texans (2009-2013) and Raiders (2014).
The Texans are interested in signing defensive tackle Antonio Smith, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. The team is in discussions about bringing back Smith. Smith, who played for the Texans for five seasons, was released by the Raiders on Tuesday. The 33-year-old has started at least 15 games in each of the last six seasons. Over his 10-year career, he has racked up 302 total tackles, 44.5 sacks, eight passes defensed and 11 forced fumbles.
The Raiders have released defensive lineman Antonio Smith, ESPN reports. Smith started all 16 games for the Raiders in 2014 but recorded just 20 tackles and three sacks. He was slated to count $4 million against the cap, and the team will carry no dead cap space after terminating his contract.
Raiders defensive back Carlos Rogers, who was listed as questionable Friday with a knee injury, and defensive lineman Antonio Smith, who was listed as questionable with a back injury, are both active for Week 3 at New England.
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