Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib put his fingers in Colts tight end Dwayne Allen’s eye near the end of Sunday’s game, and was flagged for unnecessary roughness. The penalty gave Indianapolis a first down, and killed any last chance for Denver to go for the tie or win. The NFL issued a one-game suspension, but Talib plans to appeal. He’ll need a better argument than the one he made to Mike Kiszla of the Denver Post.

Read his explanation and watch the video, if you haven’t seen it yet:

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“You think I play football to poke people in the eye?” said Talib, insisting it was an accident. “It was an honest mistake.”

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“From my angle, I see (Allen) head butt Von a little bit. I went over to poke his head, and I think my hand slipped and hit his face,” Talib said “He acted like he got in an 18-passenger car wreck. I guess that’s what type of guy he is.”

If Dwayne Allen is the type of guy who doesn’t want another person’s fingers in his eyes, that makes sense. I don’t think even Aqib Talib believes his excuse.


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