Just a thought: But maybe Crabtree shouldn't wear his chain when facing Talib and the Broncos.
"I came out there to play football on Sunday", Talib said. "We can't fall into the trap of getting into a fight that ends up losing one our best players; we can't do it". It is not surprising that punches followed, which led to both players' ejections from Sunday's game. Raiders guard Gabe Jackson also was ejected after making contact with an official during the incident.
That Talib apparently grabbed Crabtree's chain is notable because he did the same thing during Denver's 26-6 victory over Oakland in Week 17 last season.
"If you see the play, I didn't defend Chris", Talib said. "I told our guys I don't want it".
Talib pulled off Crabtree's helmet and the two threw punches as they were separated by their teammates.
"No, I didn't even defend Chris".
Talib and Crabtree then ended up near the end zone, trading punches.
Following the game, Broncos defensive back Chris Harris Jr. explained that Crabtree had sucker punched him in the stomach on the previous play. The first half of it was him being extra.
Asked whether he believed he would be fined or suspended by the league - or both - Talib said he hoped the entire incident would be considered.
The league said it is standard procedure to review everything from Sunday's slate of games, and certainly the altercation in Oakland will be included. I wasn't even defending Chris this time.
Talib didn't seem anxious about additional discipline from the league, saying that, "I hope the league see that, basically, how is started. If there's any chance you can get out of it, you should, for the betterment of the football team". "I just hope the league sees that".