The Oakland Raiders may finally have found some of their mojo after defeating their divisional rivals, the Denver Broncos, 21-14 in Week 12 of the 2017 NFL season. The Raiders knew coming into the game that they needed a win if they hoped to stay afloat in the AFC West race and are now firmly back in the hunt.
Games between Oakland and Denver are normally contentious and Week 12 was no different as a brawl broke out in the first quarter of the game. Michael Crabtree was at the center of the altercation, as he and Aqib Talib got tangled with one another and soon after began throwing punches at each other.
Both players were eventually ejected from the game and according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the league is deciding whether or not further disciplinary action is necessary:
The Aqib Talib/Michael Crabtree/chain snatching fight will be reviewed for possible discipline, source said. No decision until a full review, but any talk of suspension at this point is premature. Rarely has a player been suspended after being ejected.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 27, 2017
Players who are normally ejected from a game do not receive a suspension, so Crabtree and Talib may possibly be off the hook for Week 13. However, Oakland will be sure to address the issue with the wide receiver during the week as distractions like this are unnecessary for an already shaky squad.
If Crabtree were to be suspended, it would not bode well for the silver and black considering Amari Cooper also left the game with an injury. This will be a situation worth monitoring throughout the week.