Late in Sunday's game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos, Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib made a dirty move to poke Colts tight end Dwayne Allen in the eye, something that immediately drew a lot of attention and drew the attention of the NFL as well. Many figured that the league would take further action, and they have acted swiftly.
According to 9News' Mike Klis, Talib has been suspended one game for the dirty play.
Talib's penalty cost the Broncos any chance of coming back to win the game, as even though the game was getting close to being over anyway, he prevented the NFL's all-time leader in fourth quarter comebacks from even having a chance to add to his resume (much less let Peyton Manning break the league's all-time passing yardage record against his former team).
The penalty happened as the Colts were facing a third down late in the game, and after the second down play, Dwayne Allen and Broncos linebacker Von Miller were having some words. Talib then decided that he needed to get involved (mistake number one) and he decided that the best way to do that was poking Allen in the eye (mistake number two). Then, after being taken out for a few plays, he was put back in the game and quickly drew another unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for having words with an official (mistake number three).
Talib has said that he didn't intend to poke Allen in the eye, and head coach Gary Kubiak seems to have bought it up. In Talib's defense, though, it must be very easy and common for someone to get involved with players jawing and then have your fingers accidentally go through a tiny opening in the helmet above the fasemask right at someone's eyes. It's easy to see how that's an accident, right? Anyone?
Thankfully, Dwayne Allen wasn't injured on the play. It was a dirty move by Talib, but the NFL is suspending him for one game (the Broncos play the Chiefs next Sunday), which is the right decision.