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

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Derrick Brooks heard Crabtree's case and James Thrash heard Talib's appeal, and both made a decision to reduce the two-game bans issued Monday by NFL Vice President of Football Operations Jon Runyan.

On Tuesday, punishments were handed down following the brawl between the Raiders and Broncos.

According to multiple reports, Crabtree is appealing his suspension. He sucker punched Broncos cornerback Chris Harris in the gut with 12:31 remaining in the first quarter.

But in the NFL's words, Talib and Crabtree's actions "have no place in this game, engender ill will between teams, and lead to further confrontations". Both players will be eligible to return in Week 14. Against the Broncos, the trio combined for seven catches and 151 yards, with both Patterson and Holton hauling in catches of over 40 yards.

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 a year ago as well, even though Crabtree had apparently taped it to his skin as a precaution. Crabtree missed Oakland's Week 4 game in Denver with a chest injury.

Talib also said that he wasn't defending Harris when he ripped Crabtree's gold chain off his neck.

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This beef between Talib and Crabtree goes back to last season. They did run into two media members on their way to the ground. Crabtree and Talib exchanged punches, Crabtree's coming with his helmet off. At the Coliseum, the only way to get into the tunnel is through the home sideline.

Now they could be without both players for even longer. Talib has a past history, not just as a chain-snatcher-he was also suspended one game in 2015 for reaching into the face mask and poking the eye of Colts tight end Dwayne Allen.

"They came up with some big plays in the game", coach Jack Del Rio said Monday.

"The series of flagrant violations for which you are being disciplined began less than three minutes into the game", Runyan wrote, per NFL.com. Cincinnati Bengals receiver A.J. Green threw multiple punches at Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey earlier this season and the National Football League didn't suspend him.

To Talib, Runyan wrote: "You deliberately ripped your opponent's chain from his neck just as you did previous year when you played against him".

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