Report: Michael Crabtree suspension cut in half to one game

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 15: Michael Crabtree #15 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates a touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers with Derek Carr #4 during their NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 15, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 15: Michael Crabtree #15 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates a touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers with Derek Carr #4 during their NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 15, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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After being initially levied a two-game suspension for fighting with Aqib Talib, Michael Crabtree saw his suspension by the NFL reduced to only one game.

The Oakland Raiders were preparing to be without starting wide receiver Michael Crabtree for two games for getting into a fight with Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib on Sunday afternoon in Oakland. Crabtree and Talib were ejected from the Week 12 contest minutes into it. The NFL saw the fight to be an embarrassment and handed the two bitter rivals a pair of two-game suspensions.

Crabtree and Talib both appealed the two-game suspension, but there was almost no way that they weren’t going to be punished. This was the second time these two foes have gotten into in the last two years. However, their appeal was heard and something positive came from it.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the NFL has agreed to cut both players’ two-game suspensions in half, meaning they will only have to sit out Week 13’s game for their roles in the on-field mêlée at The Coliseum last week.

The initial reaction to Crabtree and Talib getting suspended two games was seen as rather harsh. There are only 16 games in an NFL regular season. They would be missing an eighth of a season and almost three-sixteenths of one if you count the 56 minutes and change they didn’t play on Sunday after getting ejected.

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By treating the early first-quarter ejection as the first part of the season, the league gets what it wants and the two fighters get to play in Week 14. The NFL tried to make an example of these two  enemies, but having them suspended for almost three games was a tad ridiculous. Nobody seems to have an issue with the amended punishment and we can all move on.

Do Crabtree and Talib need to sit out Week 13 for their on-field incident? Absolutely, it’s a bad look for the NFL if Crabtree and Talib get of scot-free. Especially since these two fought last year, yes, they have to serve a one-game suspension. You don’t want football to promote non-controlled violence.

Crabtree will miss the Week 13 home game versus the New York Giants. Oakland may be without its two best receivers in Crabtree and an injured Amari Cooper, but the Giants are intentionally playing left-handed in this game.

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