Raiders wide receiver and Broncos cornerback suspended for on-field fight
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree and Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib each have a one-game suspension due to fighting in a matchup between the two teams on Nov. 26, 2017.
This suspension was going to be a two-game punishment, but Derrick Brooks and James Thrash heard the case and reduced the punishment to one game, according to USA Today.
He aggressively blocked Talib while Talib was on a running play, which started the fight. Talib pulled Crabtree's chain off his neck, and he also threw Crabtree's helmet off his head while they were exchanging punches. Crabtree also punched Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr while blocking him.
"This did appear to be premeditated. It happened three minutes into the game. There's a history there. It was prolonged. Importantly, it put other people at risk. Sideline personnel. League personnel," the NFL's spokesman Joe Lockhart told USA Today.
The two players are eligible to play on Dec. 4, 2017. Crabtree will miss the game against the New York Giants on Dec. 3, 2017, but he will be able to play the game against the Kansas City Chiefs the next day. Talib will miss the game against the Miami Dolphins on Dec. 3, 2017 but will able to play the game the next day versus the New York Jets.
This suspension is catastrophic for the Raiders, who will now be without their starting receiver for the game. Crabtree is tied for the team lead, with 42 catches, 502 receiving yards, and six touchdowns, according to USA Today.
Talib is called "Denver's top cover cornerback," but his replacement is rookie Brendan Langley. Langley surrendered a touchdown pass and a critcial third-down completion, which kept Denver from tying the game against the Raiders.