Report: Broncos Place Aqib Talib On Non-Football Injury List To Start Training Camp

Despite recent words of optimism, Aqib Talib won't be participating in the early stages of training camp.

Last week, Denver Broncos Pro Bowl cornerback Aqib Talib said he "feels great" as he recovers from the gunshot wound he suffered on June 5, and that he "should be" good to go to begin training camp.

Tuesday, Talib's campaign to do just that took a major hit, as the Broncos have reportedly placed him on the Non-Football Injury list to start training camp. 

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For the Broncos, the move makes sense. By placing him on the NFI list, they reserve the right to keep him there into the regular season. 

Remember, we are talking about a bullet wound in Talib's right leg. If he struggles to get his strength back, the Broncos might have no choice but to keep him on the NFI list when the regular season begins in earnest. 

One caveat to the NFI list is that because the injury occurred off the field, the Broncos do have the right to withhold Talib's base salary, if they so choose. Or, at the very least, work with him on a reduced salary while he recuperates. 

http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1681565-5-reasons-you-should-go-p... If the Broncos truly believe he was an innocent victim, it's doubtful they'll choose to withhold any payment. But, if they think he was complicit in the events that led to his gunshot wound, why would they pay him his base salary while he's watching from the sidelines? It's not like Talib got hurt playing Broncos football.

Talib can be activated from the NFI list at anytime the medical staff clears him to play. But according to 9NEWS' Mike Klis, Talib is expected to miss the first two weeks of training camp and the first preseason game. 

It also bears mentioning that the NFL is still investigating the Talib shooting. The Dallas PD is still investigating it as an aggravated assault and no arrests have been made thus far. 

Let's hope this is a short-term move and that Aqib Talib can return to the field soon. Bradley Roby is a more than capable replacement on the outside, and Kayvon Webster is itching for more snaps, but Talib is one of the best in the business. 

To defend their World Championship, the Broncos best chance includes Aqib Talib lining up on the outside in the No Fly Zone. 

UPDATE: The Broncos also placed DeMarcus Ware on the Non-Football Injury list, as he works to overcome a back issue that has plagued him in recent years. 

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