Denver Broncos' star cornerback Aqib Talib suspended one game for poke in eye

November 9, 2015

Cornerback Aqib Talib of the Denver Broncos has been suspended without pay for this Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs for poking opponent Dwayne Allen in the eye in last Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Talib was penalized for unnecessary roughness late in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game for his act.  The incident occurred after the conclusion of a play when Allen and another Denver player appeared to be arguing, and Talib stepped in and stuck his hand into Allen's facemask.

The suspension was imposed by NFL Vice President of Football Operations Merton Hanks.  Hanks ruled that Talib’s action placed his opponent at unnecessary risk of injury and should have been avoided.

Talib will not be permitted to attend team meetings and functions; attend or watch practices; appear at the club’s facilities for any reason; attend press conferences; appear at the team’s November 15 game; or have contact with any club personnel except to arrange off-site medical treatment or rehabilitation.

Talib will be reinstated on Monday, November 16.

Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the suspension may be appealed within three business days. Appeals are heard and decided by either Derrick Brooks or James Thrash, the officers jointly appointed and compensated by the NFL and NFLPA to decide appeals of on-field player discipline.

Talib is expected to appeal the suspension.

By Staff of and news services

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