KUSA—Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib won 50 percent of his appeal with the NFL office Tuesday as his suspension was reduced from two games to one.
Talib will not practice this week or play Sunday at Miami, but he will play the following week against the New York Jets.
Talib was punished for engaging in a brawl with Oakland receiver Michael Crabtree early in the Broncos’ 21-14 loss to the Raiders on Sunday in Oakland.
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Crabtree also had his two-game suspension reduced to one game.
Talib is drawing a $9.706 million salary this season so the one-game suspension will cost him $570,934, but he could have been out $1.14 million without the appeal.
Talib learned of his suspension on Monday night and appealed Tuesday. Broncos general manager John Elway and head coach Vance Joseph spoke on Talib’s behalf during the appeal hearing.
While issuing the initial 2-game suspension against Talib, John Runyan, the NFL Vice President of Football Operations, wrote to the Broncos’ cornerback:
You deliberately ripped your opponent’s chain from his neck just as you did last year when you played against him. Then, when the two of you went to the ground after a subsequent play, you aggressively removed his helmet and threw it in his direction, endangering him and various sideline personnel in the near vicinity. Finally, once you were momentarily separated from your opponent, you again engaged him and threw a punch.
However, upon further review, the league apparently thought a 2-game suspension was excessive when the league did not suspend Cincinnati receiver A.J. Green or Jacksonville cornerback Jalen Ramsey three weeks ago even though they were ejected for fighting.
It's the second time in three years Talib has been issued a one-game suspension. He received similar punishment during a 2015 game at Indianapolis when he poked the eye of Colts' tight end Dwayne Allen.
With Talib down Sunday, Bradley Roby will move up from nickelback to starting left corner opposite Chris Harris Jr. Rookie Brendan Langley will be the nickelback.
The Broncos may also promote rookie cornerback Marcus Rios from their practice squad.
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