NFL Investigating Shooting of Broncos Cornerback Aqib Talib

The fate of Aqib Talib's 2016 season is very much up in the air as the NFL investigates the events leading up to his shooting.

The events surrounding the shooting of Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib remain cloudy, but the NFL is doing its best to figure out just exactly what happened in Dallas last month.

The original working theory was that Talib didn't know who shot him,as Rebecca Lopez of WFAA reported.

"Everything was a blur and I was too intoxicated to remember what happened," Talib explained to the Dallas Police Department.

Not everyone has bought into Talib's claims, however.  Mike Klis of KUSA 9NEWS reported that Talib had admitted to his inner circle that he had accidentally shot himself.  

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport and USA Today's Lindsay Jones uncovered the police report, which chronicled the incident.  According to the report, a witness told the police that one shot was fired, hitting Talib in the back of the right thigh.  The witness, like Talib, told the police he did not know who had fired the shot. the NFL and the Dallas Police Department are looking into the incident to find out who shot Talib.  Given the fogginess of the incident and the vague testimony from witnesses, Talib himself will undoubtedly be one of the primary suspects in his own shooting.  

If it was in fact Talib's own firearm that discharged and hit him in the thigh, he could face serious legal trouble in Texas depending on whether or not he was licensed to carry the gun.  The situation bears an unfortunate resemblance to the incident that put former NFL wide receiver Plaxico Burress behind bars for 20 months.

Fortunately, the wound required stitches rather than surgery, and Talib is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

In the case that Talib is suspended (or worse), they'll have to rely on their depth at cornerback.  Fortunately, former first-rounder Bradley Roby has proved to be an overqualified third cornerback and would likely be more than capable of stepping up in Talib's absence.  

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