Aqib Talib's suspension for fight with Michael Crabtree reduced to one game


Michael Crabtree and Aqib Talib both received a suspension of two games each, but following their appeals, their suspensions were reduced to one game. The Raiders and the Broncos played once earlier this year, but Crabtree was out with an injury in that game.

The NFL typically does not tack on a suspension after a player is ejected from a game.

"Your actions triggered a melee and endangered various sideline and league personnel, including one of our game officials who was injured trying to maintain control of the situation", Runyan said in his letter to Crabtree.

The move isn't all that surprising as it was learned earlier Monday that the National Football League was considering such action given the fact that both Crabtree and Talib ramped the fight back up after everything was under control.

An NFL source said Monday that Talib plans to appeal. Talib will have to sit out this weekend's game against Miami. He was suspended one game in 2015 for poking the eye of Indianapolis tight end Dwayne Allen.

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The league also investigated a shooting incident in the summer of 2016 in which Dallas police and the league determined Talib accidentally shot himself in the calf. Talib ripped Crabtree's chain off again, and Crabtree carried his block well out of bounds.

The fight that got Crabtree suspended was a spill-over from some bad blood after Talib ripped Crabtree's chain from his neck during the season finale previous year. Chris Harris, Talib's Denver teammate and fellow cornerback, alleged Crabtree, a receiver, punched him the play before the fight. He then aggressively blocked Talib on a running play and drove him to the ground on the Broncos' sideline on the following play, starting the brawl.

"First, you punched a Broncos opponent Chris Harris in the midsection, resulting in him being removed from the game".

Crabtree has 42 catches for 502 yards and a team-high six touchdowns this season for Oakland, while Talib has started every game and is coming off an All-Pro season for Denver. He can return to the field for the Broncos' week 14 game against the New York Jets.

For all his troubles, Talib is one of the NFL's best cornerbacks. "As NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote in his disciplinary decision to Talib: "... you deliberately ripped your opponent's chain from his neck just as you did a year ago when you played against him". The Broncos will likely have to add a cornerback back this week. And now Talib is suspended. Marcus Rios is a candidate to be promoted from the practice squad.