Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree and Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib have been suspended for two games without pay by the NFL for their fight on Sunday.
Crabtree and Talib were ejected three minutes into the game in Oakland after starting a brawl on the sideline.
The NFL, which does not alway suspend players following an ejection, decided to bring out a stiff punishment for the two. Crabtree started the bad blood by punching Broncos defensive back Chris Harris. The following play Talib ripped Crabtree’s necklace off leading to Crabtree driving him off the field and into the ground.
Once both teams rushed over and continued the shoving, Crabtree and Talib seperated and began punching each other.
The bad blood stems from last season’s matchup when Talib ripped Crabtree’s necklace off. Crabtree tried to prevent it from happening again by taping the chain to his chest, but Talib still managed to rip it off.
The NFL deemed this was a premeditated fight, and the evidence makes it hard to argue against.
The Raiders will now be without their top wide receiver for games against the Giants and Chiefs during a push for the playoffs. The 5-6 Raiders are just one game back of the AFC West leading Chiefs.
The Crabtree suspension will hurt even more if Amari Cooper can not play. Cooper is going through concussion protocol after getting knocked out of Sunday’s game. He also sprained his ankle on the same hit.
The Raiders only have three other receivers on the roster in Seth Roberts, Cordarrelle Patterson and Johnny Holton, who have combined for 49 receptions on the season.
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