Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree and Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib were each suspended two games for fighting, the NFL announced on Monday night. Specifically, the two players, who were ejected from the Raiders win over Denver on Sunday afternoon, were suspended by NFL VP of Football Ops Jon Runyan for violations of the unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness rules. They are both suspended without pay. In a letter from Runyan, Crabtree was informed that his suspension stemmed from when he "punched a Broncos opponent Chris Harris in the midsection, resulting in him being removed from the game." "Then, on the subsequent play, you blocked a different Broncos opponent (Aqib Talib) into the sidelines beyond the yellow media border, well after the play was over," Runyan added in his letter. "Your actions triggered a melee and endangered various sideline and League personnel, including one of our Game Officials who was injured trying to maintain control of the situation. Finally, during the ensuing altercation, you grabbed and twisted that same opponent's facemask and threw a punch at him…Such actions have no place in this game, engender ill will between teams, and lead to further confrontations."
Michael Crabtree, Aqib Talib get two-game suspensions without pay for fighting
CBS Sports | Nov 28