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Michael Crabtree says Aqib Talib fight wasn't premeditated

30 November, 2017, 13:21 | Author: Carla Brady
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If his suspension is upheld Crabtree is slated to miss this week's home game against the Giants, and next week's road game against the Chiefs.

"One of the reasons is the eye test, just watching", Lockhart said of the incident between Talib and Crabtree. Let's start with the incident itself. Talib, who went to Kansas, and Crabtree, who went to Texas Tech, have had problems in the past, including an altercation in 2016. Talib ripped Crabtree's helmet off and threw it down before the fight continued on the field with both players throwing punches, leading to ejections. Crabtree kept blocking Talib out of bounds and a fight ensued. "Then, on the subsequent play, you blocked a different Broncos opponent (Talib) into the sidelines... well after the play was over".

The NFL acted swiftly. These are the second and third multigame suspensions for on-field actions issued by the league this season; according to FootballZebras.com, a website covering NFL officiating, there have only been five other multigame suspensions for on-field actions in the NFL's history.

"The series of flagrant violations for which you are being disciplined began with 12:31 remaining in the first quarter - less than three minutes into the game".

As it stands now, Talib will miss the game Sunday at 4-7 Miami, and the following week December 10 against the 4-7 New York Jets at Mile High. First, you punched a Broncos opponent Chris Harris in the midsection, resulting in him being removed from the game.

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.




Talib and Crabtree were separated after the initial confrontation. The Raiders and the Broncos played once earlier this year, but Crabtree was out with an injury in that game.

That's all I have to say about this game. The two went to the ground, and six Broncos pounced on Crabtree.

"Such actions have no place in this game, engender ill will between teams, and lead to further confrontations", Runyan wrote to each player.

Crabtree and Talib's appeals will be heard Tuesday, and a decision is expected by 6 p.m. ET.

"Such actions have no place in this game".

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