Denver Broncos CB Aqib Talib calls ejection 'unfortunate'

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After Crabtree threw a punch at Talib, several Raiders and Broncos players started going at it on the sideline.

Earlier on Tuesday, Elway spoke with Dave Logan on Orange & Blue 760 and described why they viewed the situation differently from the league's original perspective.

Talib and Crabtree have history with one another. He sucker punched Broncos cornerback Chris Harris in the gut with 12:31 remaining in the first quarter. "Such actions have no place in this game, engender ill will between teams, and lead to further confrontations". The other three receivers on the roster - Patterson, Holton and Seth Roberts - have combined for just 46 catches.

Aqib Talib And Michael Crabtree Suspended Two Games For Chain-Snatching Brawl

Talib and Crabtree will appeal their suspensions, sources informed of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

The events of the day, which we can presume you will all argue over, resulted in Crabtree having his neck chain yanked off him by Talib, which had happened previous year as well, even though Crabtree had apparently taped it to his skin as a precaution. Talib said he was bothered by Crabtree's attitude and chose to snatch his gold chain. The two quarterbacks combined for no touchdowns and two interceptions, and no running back had more than 60 yards on the ground; besides DeAndre Hopkins, who remains brilliant, no receiver even reached 50 yards. When everyone rose, the fight carried into the near end zone. At the Coliseum, the only way to get into the tunnel is through the home sideline.

In a letter to the players, an National Football League official stated that the brawl's second round contributed to the hefty two-game suspension.

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"The series of flagrant violations for which you are being disciplined began less than three minutes into the game".

That's all I have to say about this game. "Finally, during the ensuing altercation, you grabbed and twisted that same opponent's facemask and threw a punch at him".

"You deliberately ripped your opponent's chain from his neck just as you did a year ago when you played against him", Runyan said of Talib.

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"This did appear to be premeditated", National Football League spokesman Joe Lockhart said earlier in the day. And Talib's calls him out because he "aggressively removed (Crabtree's) helmet and threw it in his direction, endangering him and various sideline personnel in the near vicinity".

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