Raiders' Crabtree, Broncos' Talib hit with two-game bans

Raiders' Crabtree, Broncos' Talib hit with two-game bans

It also turns out that Michael Crabtree won his appeal and will also only serve one game for his actions.

While admitting disappointment in his actions, Talib said Monday afternoon he believed he would avoid further discipline if the league investigated the incident, placing blame on Crabtree as the instigator. Appealing is virtually automatic because decent chance fines reduced.

Pending his appeal, Talib will be sidelined for the Dolphins and Jets games without pay. It's only happened six times prior to this incident. He was suspended one game in 2015 for poking the eye of Indianapolis tight end Dwayne Allen. However, the league did not see Talib's actions in a vacuum.

Crabtree was angry after Talib ripped a chain off his neck for the second time.

To Talib, Runyan wrote: "You deliberately ripped your opponent's chain from his neck just as you did a year ago when you played against him". He then aggressively blocked Talib on a running play and drove him to the ground on the Broncos' sideline on the following play, starting the brawl. "Finally, during the ensuing altercation, you grabbed and twisted that same opponent's facemask and threw a punch at him". First Broncos players came to Talib's aid, then Crabtree's Raiders teammates jumped in.

No one was seriously injured, but one game official suffered minor injuries trying to quell the scuffle.

The history between Crabtree and Talib had many wondering whether the Raiders receiver went into the game prepared to fight Talib.

The fight during Oakland's 21-14 win on Sunday was a continuation of a dispute that started last season when Talib ripped Crabtree's chain off during the season finale.

Talib is perhaps Denver's top cover cornerback. Sunday's skirmish was much more heated than last year's, however, with the two engaging in a push-pull match that ended up knocking over at least a couple people standing on the sideline before they were swarmed by Broncos players.

The Broncos have now lost two of their five cornerbacks in four days. Denver cut Lorenzo Doss last week for being late to a meeting, and he called out general manager John Elway on Twitter over the weekend, making it unlikely he returns. And now Talib is suspended. Marcus Rios, an undrafted rookie out of UCLA, has been on the Broncos' practice squad since the season began.