Michael Crabtree, Aqib Talib Suspended 2 Games for Broncos vs. Raiders Fight

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 28, 2017

Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib (21) fights Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) during the first half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree and Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib will each be suspended for two games without pay after their fight in Sunday's game, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Both players were ejected in the first half of the Week 12 battle, but additional penalties were levied because they violated unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness rules.

Rapoport previously reported the suspensions were likely due to the fact each player ramped up the skirmishes after things appeared to be winding down.

NFL VP of communications Michael Signora provided a full explanation of the punishment:

Michael Signora @NFLfootballinfo

Michael Crabtree & Aqib Talib suspended 2 games each for violations of unsportsmanlike conduct & unnecessary roughness rules https://t.co/PzbWuvXD5I

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio was critical of the decision on Twitter:

Jack Del Rio @coachdelrio

🤔Hard to understand the reasoning for this judgement based on most recent ruling w/ altercation see WR Cin and DB Jax = 0 games suspended https://t.co/jH9cZRecPn

Both players are appealing the suspension, per Rapoport.

Bleacher Report provided video of the altercation (video contains NSFW language):

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Michael Crabtree and Aqib Talib were ejected after Broncos-Raiders brawl (@chandaye) https://t.co/nohCgqHfTn

This was the second incident between these two players in the last two seasons—the last came in Week 17 of the 2016 season—with Talib ripping off Crabtree's chain both times. Still, the Broncos cornerback noted Crabtree was the one who instigated the fighting in the game.

"He punched Chris [Harris], next play he came [and] punched me," Talib told reporters Sunday. "So, I mean, so he was on whatever he was on."

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.


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