Aqib Talib Gets Suspended a Game for Dwayne Allen Eye Poke
The NFL announced today that Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib has been suspended 1 game for poking Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen in the eye during Sunday’s game:
However, it’s worth noting that Talib is expected to appeal the suspension.
Not only was it a dirty play, but it was also a bonehead play by Talib. The eye poke gave the Colts a fresh set of downs late in the 4th quarter–essentially allowing them to run out the clock while preserving a 27-24 lead.
Of course, Allen didn’t think too highly of Talib’s antics outside the lines:
"“It was a cheap play,” Allen said via the Indianapolis Star. “I’m just going to leave it at that. I totally understand that emotions are part of this game. I try to play this game the right way and play as hard as I can within the rules and echo of the whistle. That’s how you are coached since little league. I just hope that everyone else can play that way also.”"
Apparently, neither Talib nor Allen were involved in the original scuffle, as Broncos pass rusher Von Miller and Colts tight end Jack Doyle were involved in an on-the-field altercation just moments before Talib’s eye poke.
However, as each player went to the aid of their respective teammate soon after, that’s when Talib decided he’d like to take a cheapshot and effectively end any comeback chance his team may have had.
It not only cost Talib’s team the game, it’ll now cost him a game.