The NFL could have banned Denver Broncos’ defensive back Aqib Talib and wide receiver Michael Crabtree for the rest of the season without serious impact on either club, as neither is going anywhere in the 2017 – 2018 NFL season.
The two got in an ugly brawl when the teams met Sunday last. Ugly in the sense that the fight looked like something you would find during a schoolyard lunchbreak tussle.
As he did last year, Talib ribbed the gold chain from around Crabtree’s neck, kicking things off.
It was certainly amusing to watch and the closest anyone came to being hurt was a game official, who was knocked down trying to restore order.
Both players were suspended for two games and if these suspensions are anything like that the NFL imposed of Dallas Cowboy running back Ezekiel Elliot, they will serve the penalty sometime next season.
Replays of the incident showed Crabtree to be the instigator when he punched Broncos cornerback Chris Harris in the stomach.
Talib rushed to his teammate’s defense, at one point ripping off Crabtree’s helmet and throwing it at him.
It does seem as though the both players will be sin-binned right away, however, with Talib missing games against the Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets. If the Broncos now seven game losing streak should extend to nine, the Denver journos will be calling for Talib’s skin, but the teams problems go far beyond anything that can be laid at Talib’s door. Quite simply, the team, offensively, defensively and on special teams, has quit on rookie coach Vance Joseph.
Crabtree will sit out against the New York Giants, one of the league’s worst teams, and the Kansas City Chiefs, where he might possibly be missed, but given his lack of production this season, his absence might supply an opportunity for another player to make his case for a starter’s role at wide receiver for the Raiders.