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Michael Crabtree, Aqib Talib suspensions reduced to one game

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 00:40
Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree and Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib had their suspensions reduced from two games to one on appeal, via Adam Schefter of ESPN. Crabtree will miss the Raiders’ game against the Giants this week, while Talib will sit out the Broncos’ game against the Dolphins. James Thrash heard Talib’s appeal, while Derrick [more]

David Amerson: Snatching your chain is taking your manhood

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 00:12
The Broncos came to the defense of their teammate, cornerback Aqib Talib, on Monday. Not surprisingly, the Raiders did the same with their teammate, wide receiver Michael Crabtree, on Tuesday. Cornerback David Amerson said he “understands” why Crabtree did what he did after Talib ripped off his chain for a second time. “We’re in front [more]

Talib, Crabtree appeals wreak havoc on previously planned business

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 20:31
From time to time, a player engages in behavior during a game that triggers a suspension. The suspended player always has the right to an immediate appeal. And so the appeal does indeed occur immediately. On Tuesday, for example, the NFL will conduct appeal hearings in connection with the suspensions of Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib [more]

Browns would be picking first and seventh in 2018 NFL Draft

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 12:00
The Browns haven’t won this year, and they weren’t even on the field last night, but they still got some good news. With the Texans losing to the Ravens, the draft portfolio of the Browns went up in value. Since it’s almost December and most of these teams don’t have anything better to think about, [more]

AFC playoff picture: Ravens hold on to the sixth playoff spot

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 11:00
The Ravens’ Monday night win over the Texans allowed Baltimore to hold onto the sixth and final playoff spot in the AFC. If the playoffs started today, Baltimore would visit Tennessee in a wild-card game, while Jacksonville would visit Kansas City. Pittsburgh and New England would get the two byes. Here’s how the playoff race [more]

Jack Del Rio: Hard to understand reasoning for two-game suspension

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 03:57
Raiders coach Jack Del Rio tweeted he didn’t understand the “reasoning” for the league’s decision to suspend his wide receiver, Michael Crabtree, and Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib for two games. Del Rio cited the precedent set by the league in its decision not to suspend Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green and Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey [more]

NFL suspends Michael Crabtree, Aqib Talib two games each

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 02:28
The NFL has come down hard on Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree and Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib after they fought on the field during Sunday’s game. Both Crabtree and Talib have been suspended two games, a punishment harsher than most were suggesting, and one that makes a strong statement from the league office that on-field fights [more]

Report: Gabe Jackson not expected to be suspended

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 02:19
Aqib Talib and Michael Crabtree will have to wait for the league’s decision about whether to suspended them. But the NFL is not expected to suspend Raiders right guard Gabe Jackson, via Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Jackson made contact with an official during Sunday’s melee. As he was running to the sideline [more]

After further review, Jack Del Rio changes opinion of Darian Stewart’s hit

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 01:00
In his postgame comments, Raiders coach Jack Del Rio called Darian Stewart‘s hit on Amari Cooper “vicious.” He added it’s “the kind [of hit] we’re trying to remove from the game.” Broncos coach Vance Joseph responded Monday by saying Del Rio needed to watch the play on tape before criticizing Stewart. “I’m not going to [more]

Aqib Talib: Michael Crabtree came out to wrestle and fight

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 22:09
Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib blames Michael Crabtree for starting the fight that got both ejected, denying he was defending teammate Chris Harris when he ripped the Raiders wide receiver’s chain off his neck. “If you see the play, I didn’t defend Chris,” Talib said, via Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post. “He punched Chris, and [more]

Vance Joseph: Paxton Lynch to miss 2-4 weeks

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 20:51
As it turns out, Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch will miss more than one week with an ankle injury. Coach Vance Joseph tells Dave Logan of Orange & Blue 760 that Lynch will miss a total of two-to-four weeks due to the injury. Deposed starter Trevor Siemian, who supposedly won the job for the full season before [more]

Paxton Lynch out this week, Trevor Siemian to start

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 19:53
While Paxton Lynch‘s tears on the sideline suggested a serious injury, he said after the game he was hoping to return this week. But it’s at least serious enough to cost him the job Denver was prepared to let him audition for. According to Mike Klis of KUSA, Lynch’s ankle injury will keep him out [more]

Vance Joseph: “Unacceptable” for Aqib Talib to fight personal battles

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 11:58
Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib moved to 2-0 when it comes to taking chains from Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree on Sunday, but his team dropped to 3-8 in a 21-14 loss after playing most of the way without the veteran defensive back. Talib was ejected along with Crabtree after a first quarter fight that saw [more]

Jack Del Rio sure NFL will look at “vicious hit” that concussed Amari Cooper

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 10:55
The Raiders lost one starting wideout in the first quarter when Michael Crabtree was ejected for fighting with Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib and they lost a second in the second quarter when Amari Cooper suffered a concussion. Cooper was hit in the head by Broncos safety Darian Stewart while reaching for a pass from Derek [more]

Chris Harris on Michael Crabtree: He sucker punched me

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 02:40
Broncos cornerback Chris Harris blames Michael Crabtree for starting the brawl that led to ejections for Crabtree, Aqib Talib and Gabe Jackson. Harris accuses Crabtree of taking a cheap shot at him the play before the brouhaha. “He came in there, was like ‘bam,’ hit me right in the middle of the stomach,” Harris said, [more]

Paxton Lynch, wearing a boot on right ankle, hopes to return next week

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 01:56
Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch wore a boot on his right ankle, which he injured in the second half of Sunday’s 21-14 loss to the Raiders. He will undergo further medical testing Monday to determine the extent of the injury. Although he cried as he sat on the bench after his injury, Lynch said he hoped [more]

Raiders move within a game of Chiefs after 21-14 victory over Broncos

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 00:52
The Raiders have lost six of their past nine games. Yet, they moved within a game of first place in the AFC West after holding on to beat Denver 21-14. The Raiders (5-6) are tied with the Chargers, one game behind the free-falling Chiefs (6-5), with a modest one-game winning streak. The Broncos made it [more]

Domata Peko leaves with knee injury

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 00:20
It is not a good day for the Broncos. Besides being down 21-7 to the Raiders in the fourth quarter, Denver has had cornerback Aqib Talib ejected and has lost three other players to injury. Nose tackle Domata Peko injured his left knee. He had his knee heavily wrapped as he sat on the sideline [more]

Paxton Lynch limps off, will not return

Sun, 11/26/2017 - 23:45
Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch limped off the field in the third quarter with an injury to his right leg. He appeared to be crying as he sat on the bench. It was a non-contact injury, with Lynch pulling up as he tossed a short pass to Demaryius Thomas. Lynch could put no weight on his [more]

Raiders win first-half fight, holding 14-0 lead

Sun, 11/26/2017 - 23:12
The Raiders don’t have their top two wide receivers, but it hasn’t mattered. Even with Amari Cooper injured and Michael Crabtree ejected, Oakland has rolled to a 14-0 halftime lead over the Broncos. The momentum turned when an interception fell into Navorro Bowman‘s lap as he lay on the ground. It was the Raiders’ first [more]