Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib and Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree each had their two-game suspensions reduced to one game Tuesday, two days after they were ejected from Sunday's game for fighting, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. James Thrash was the appeals officer for Talib, and Derrick Brooks was the appeals officer for Crabtree. "[Talib's] our captain," Broncos linebacker Von Miller told ESPN's Josina Anderson earlier Tuesday. "He's our tone-setter. He provides an energy, but you have to find a way to make it happen while he's gone, just like we would if he was hurt." In his letter to Talib on Monday, NFL vice president of operations Jon Runyan referenced Talib ripping a chain off Crabtree's neck, "aggressively'' removing Crabtree's helmet and throwing a punch as well the two players "reigniting'' the fight for a second confrontation. Runyan added "such actions have no place in this game, engender ill will between teams, and lead to further confrontations.'' In his letter to Crabtree, Runyan cited the wide receiver for punching Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. in the stomach on the play that preceded the fight with Talib and said Crabtree's actions with Talib "triggered a melee and endangered various sideline and League personnel, including one of the Game Officials who was injured trying to maintain control of the situation.'' On a second-and-6 play from the Raiders' 24-yard line on Oakland's second possession of the game, Crabtree blocked Talib during a 5-yard run by Marshawn Lynch. Crabtree kept pushing Talib out of bounds near the Broncos' bench area.
Aqib Talib, Michael Crabtree bans reduced to one game for fighting
ESPN | Nov 28