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Klee blog: Fight! Aqib Talib, Michael Crabtree ejected as Broncos and Raiders come to blows

By: Paul Klee
November 26, 2017 Updated: November 26, 2017 at 3:15 pm
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OAKLAND — It should be no wonder Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree tried to get ejected from a game against Aqib Talib and the Broncos on Sunday.

You should see Crabtree's numbers against Talib.

On the third possession of the game, Crabtree and Talib got into more than a scuffle near the Broncos sideline at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Both men were ejected, a development that hurts the Broncos more than the Raiders. Talib is a centerpiece of Denver's defense. Crabtree historically has been quiet against the Broncos.

Theirs is a fight that's been brewing for years. Talib famously yanked the chain off Crabtree's neck in a game last year. Crabtree played jewelry-less on Sunday.

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch escorted Talib into the locker room. Oakland offensive lineman Gabe Jackson also was ejected.

Expect multiple fines — and perhaps suspensions — after the Broncos and Raiders fought Sunday. But it's not a surprise Talib and Crabtree were at the center of the skirmish. Crabtree had played five games against Talib's Broncos. His average stats: 3.8 catches, 34.8 receiving yards, zero touchdowns.

The game was scoreless when the players were ejected.

—Paul Klee

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