We had a feeling this was coming. The NFL has handed down a one-game suspension to Aqib Talib for poking Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen in the eye late in the fourth quarter of their Week 9 throwdown.
Head coach Gary Kubiak doesn't defend Talib's behavior in such a clutch moment, but remains convinced that the eye-poke was inadvertant.
“My understanding is that they were jawing at each other," Kubiak said Monday. "He went to push him, which he shouldn't do anyway—it doesn't matter. Then, obviously, his hands are inside his face mask. I'm convinced, and after talking to Aqib, that he had no intention of poking anybody in the eye.”
Talib's history in the league refutes that notion. With the exception of that dumb play, Talib's 2015 season has been excellent. He's intercepted three passes, returning two of them for a touchdown.
The Broncos will be without their Pro Bowl cornerback next week vs. the Kansas City Chiefs. Bradley Roby will get the start. Expect to see a lot of Kayvon Webster when the Broncos run their nickel sub-package.
Talib will appeal the suspension. He expects resolution quickly. By Tuesday. It won't go his way.
Update: the arbitrators decided quickly on Aqib Talib's appeal. His suspension will be upheld. He'll miss Week 10.
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