Aqib Talib Reportedly Faces Potential Suspension for Super Bowl 50 Personal Foul

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistFebruary 9, 2016

Denver Broncos’ Aqib Talib (21) tackles Carolina Panthers’ Corey Brown (10) after he caught a pass during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. Talib was penalized for grabbing Brown's facemask.  (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Jeff Chiu/Associated Press

Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib could reportedly be suspended for his facemask tackle on Carolina Panthers receiver Corey Brown during Super Bowl 50.  

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported Tuesday the NFL will review the veteran defender's "intentional and blatant decision" to take Brown down by his facemask to prevent a touchdown for potential punishment heading into the 2016 season.

Doug Kyed of NESN passed along comments from Talib, who had two personal fouls called on him in the first half, following the game about the play in question, and he admitted it was a conscious decision:

It was all good. It was B.S. flags. One was on our sidelines—the guy was talking on our sideline. One I just did on purpose, and I just had to show him. It's probably going to be a fine, but hey, we're world champs.

He went on to talk about how the game situation played a role, per NESN: "My teammates knew what it was. He was on the 3-yard line. (With) a personal foul, he was on the one-and-a-half-yard line, so it is what it is."

Florio noted that Talib's remarks about knowing what he was doing rather than just grabbing the facemask by accident will be a factor in the league's decision on punishment.

Brown, for his part, didn't want to see Talib suspended:

Talib has been subject to NFL discipline in the past. According to Spotrac, he's missed a total of six games in his career due to suspensions, and when combined with a fine for a late hit during the 2014 season, he's lost more than $880,000 as a result.

That list includes a one-game ban levied earlier this season for poking the eye of Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen in Week 9.

It's unclear how long the NFL will take to reach a final decision or how long Talib could be sidelined at the start of next season because of the incident.

Losing him for even a short period would be a notable setback for a defense that leaned heavily on its cornerback group to play tight man coverage all season. That gave Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware a chance to wreak havoc up front, and they sure did that in Super Bowl 50.