Talib, Crabtree Suspensions Reduced

Talib, Crabtree Suspensions Reduced

So the league made quite a statement on Monday night when it suspended Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib and Oakland Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree for two games each for their roles in a brawl on Sunday afternoon.

A two-game ban is stronger than many punishments issued for on-field misconduct.

In a letter to Crabtree, the National Football League said in addition to everything else that happened it was suspending him because he punched Broncos cornerback Chris Harris right before the Talib incident, and a game official was injured trying to break up the fight with Crabtree.

Early in the first quarter of the rematch, Crabtree held a block against Talib near the Denver sideline as a play developed on the other side of the field.

Their altercation was probably the greatest theater of a mostly dreary Week 12 slate of games, but the consequences for acting out on a beef dating back to last season were enormous.

Both players reportedly will appeal the suspension. NFL vice president of football operations Joe Runyan handed down the suspensions Monday.

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.

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Sunday at the Coliseum was the first time the two matched up since last season.

Talib once again ripped Crabtree's chain off his neck.

Despite the history between the players, Del Rio said he didn't address the situation before the game with Crabtree: "We were all about finding a way to beat the Broncos". It also turns out that Michael Crabtree won his appeal and will also only serve one game for his actions. Denver Broncos CB Aqib Talb received the majority of the hate since he is viewed as the one who started it all, so fans let him have it...

Multi-game suspensions for on-field infractions are even rarer. We can't fall into the trap of getting into a fight that ends up losing one of our best players.

Runyan also wrote a letter to Talib. Crabtree has never before been suspended by the NFL. "Now, if the league steps in and they hand something down, that's their decision".

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