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Raiders reportedly expected to bring back Michael Crabtree

Michael Crabtree

The Oakland Raiders are expected to bring back wide receiver Michael Crabtree next season, according to a report.

The Athletic’s Vic Tafur reported on Tuesday night that Crabtree is expected to be back with the Raiders. There was speculation that he could be cut to clear salary cap space given that he was set to make $7.5 million that wasn’t guaranteed.

But despite Crabtree’s issues with the previous coaching staff, Tafur says new Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is ready to give the receiver a fresh start.

Much like the rest of the Raiders’ offense, Crabtree was a disappointment last season. He only caught 58 passes for 618 yards and eight touchdowns. In his first two seasons with the team, he averaged 87 catches for 962 yards and 8.5 touchdowns.

Gruden, who is known as an offensive mind, should be able to bring out the best in Derek Carr, Crabtree, and Amari Cooper.

Michael Crabtree, Aqib Talib have suspensions reduced to one game

Michael Crabtree and Aqib Talib each caught a nice break from the league.

Both players appealed their two-game suspensions which were announced on Monday. Both players had their suspensions reduced by a game.

The two players got into a fight during Sunday’s Oakland Raiders-Denver Broncos game. The fight began when Crabtree excessively blocked Talib even while out of bounds, which sparked a larger brawl between the squads. The two were seen throwing punches while the rest of their teams were fighting.

For Crabtree’s suspension, the league noted that he had punched a player on the previous play. For Talib, they noted how he had snatched Crabtree’s chain for the second year in a row.

Michael Crabtree, Aqib Talib suspended two games for fight, will appeal

Michael Crabtree punch

Michael Crabtree and Aqib Talib have been suspended two games for their fight on Sunday.

The Oakland Raiders wide receiver and Denver Broncos cornerback got into it early in the game. Crabtree was physical in blocking Talib on a play and was so excessive he continued to block Talib out of bounds. That incited a brawl between both teams.

As their teammates were fighting, Crabtree and Talib then traded punches.

Here is the letter from Jon Runyan explaining the reason for discipline:

Crabtree’s explanation notes that he also punched Chris Harris in the stomach the play before. Talib’s note includes a reference to him ripping off Crabtree’s chain again, just as he’d done in January.

Each player has the opportunity to appeal their suspension and reportedly will do so.

Report: Michael Crabtree, Aqib Talib facing suspensions for fight

Michael Crabtree and Aqib Talib were ejected from Sunday’s game between the Broncos and Raiders after they threw swings at one another, and both players could end up being suspended when the NFL is finished reviewing the incident.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network speculated on Monday morning that neither Crabtree nor Talib would face additional punishment aside from the ejection and possibly a fine. However, sources later told Rapoport that league officials are looking at the fight different from some other skirmishes we have seen this year.

Players from both teams began scuffling after Crabtree blocked Talib and continued to shove him out of bounds. The peak of the fight between Talib and Crabtree happened after the shoving match between the two teams appeared to have ended, and that is apparently what has irritated NFL officials. Here’s a video:

It’s probably safe to assume that the history between Crabtree and Talib is also a factor. As you may recall, Talib pulled off a chain from around Crabtree’s neck during a game last season. The Broncos cornerback appeared to do the same at the start of Sunday’s melee. In addition to trading blows with Talib, Crabtree has also been accused of sucker-punching Broncos cornerback Chris Harris at a different point in the game.

If Talib and/or Crabtree are suspended, it would likely be for just one game.

Michael Crabtree, Aqib Talib unlikely to be suspended for fight?

Michael Crabtree punch

Michael Crabtree and Aqib Talib were ejected for throwing full-blown swings at one another during Sunday’s game, leading many to wonder if the two star players will be facing a suspension. History says that is unlikely to happen.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported on Monday that any talk about possible suspensions for Talib and Crabtree is “premature.” The NFL is expected to review the fight this week, and Rapoport notes that players who have been ejected from games this season do not typically face that type of harsh punishment. Fines would be more likely.

Here’s a video of the brawl:

Talib and Crabtree have a history with one another that dates back to last season, so it’s possible the NFL could come down a bit harder on them this time. As you may recall, Talib pulled off a chain from around Crabtree’s neck during a game. The Broncos cornerback appeared to do the same at the start of Sunday’s melee.

For what it’s worth, Crabtree has also being accused of sucker-punching Denver cornerback Chris Harris on a play before the Raiders receiver got into a fight with Talib. That exchange will also be part of the NFL’s investigation and could play a role in any disciplinary decision.

15 biggest disappointments of NFL Week 12

Blake Bortles

Week 12 saw an abbreviated Sunday schedule on account of the Thanksgiving Day slate of games, but there were still plenty of top performers — and not-so-top performers.

We had some highly-touted players who didn’t live up to expectations, others who were unlucky to have the days they did, some who failed to keep their cool, and some who were targeted by opposing gameplans and simply couldn’t beat them.

Here’s a list of 15 big disappointments from Week 12’s games.

Blake Bortles, QB, Jaguars

Can we put this man out of his misery yet? Please? Bortles threw for 160 yards, no touchdowns, and one horrible interception that changed the game in the final minutes. Said interception set up the winning Arizona field goal. Bortles is lucky that he has an elite defense behind him, because he certainly hasn’t done anything to put the Jaguars in the playoff race.

Michael Crabtree, WR, Raiders

This was the first game of Michael Crabtree’s NFL career in which he was held without a single reception. Of course, that wasn’t really all a matter of performance; it was mostly down to the fact that he was ejected in the first quarter of Oakland’s game against the Denver Broncos for fighting with old enemy Aqib Talib. The Raiders won without him, but it was Crabtree who lost his cool and started the altercation. He’s also been accused of sucker-punching another opponent. Whatever his feelings toward Talib, he’s got to be smarter than that.

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Michael Crabtree accused of sucker-punching Chris Harris

Michael Crabtree has been accused of sucker-punching Chris Harris in the stomach prior to Crabtree’s fight with Aqib Talib.

Sunday’s game between the Broncos and Raiders had more than its share of story lines. Chief among them was the fight that took place between Crabtree and Talib, resulting in their ejections.

Prior to that incident, Broncos cornerback Chris Harris was allegedly the victim of a sucker punch to the stomach by Crabtree. In the lower left hand corner of the below video, you can see what appears to be the punch Harris received.

It’s likely this was missed by many who watched the game live. However, as Michael Gehlken mentions, the NFL is expected to take into account this footage when determining what type of punishment Crabtree will receive for his actions on Sunday.

Michael Crabtree, Aqib Talib ejected for throwing punches during brawl

Michael Crabtree punch

Michael Crabtree and Aqib Talib were ejected for throwing punches at one another during a brawl between the Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos in the first quarter of Sunday’s game. Gabe Jackson was also ejected for pushing an official.

The brawl was started by Crabtree, who blocked Talib all the way off the field and didn’t let up. He kept blocking Talib even on the sidelines, which led to other players getting physical on the sideline.

While the other players were brawling, Crabtree and Talib exchanged some punches. They each ended up ejected.

The issues between Crabtree and Talib dates back to last season. You may recall that Talib pulled off a chain from around Crabtree’s neck during a game.

Michael Crabtree and Donald Penn reportedly shove each other on sideline

Michael Crabtree

Tempers reportedly flared on the Raiders’ sideline between Michael Crabtree and Donald Penn with a member of the coaching staff needing to intervene.

Late in the second quarter of Thursday’s game between the Raiders and Chiefs, CBS’ Tracy Wolfson reported frustration boiled over that resulted in Crabtree and Penn pushing and shoving each other on the sideline. Wolfson added offensive line coach Mike Tice stepped in to restore order.

Oakland came into Thursday riding a four-game losing streak. At the time Wolfson was on air, the Raiders were trailing 20-14.

Each NFL team’s best offensive skill player so far

Deshaun Watson

Through the first five weeks of the NFL season, some familiar names sit atop the offensive statistical categories. Quarterbacks like Rodgers and Brady lead many passing categories, while receivers like A.J. Green and Antonio Brown top many receiving categories. But there are some fresh faces in the league doing big things, as well as a few surprises emerging with their clubs.

Here’s a look at each NFL team’s best offensive skill player so far in 2017.

Arizona Cardinals — J.J. Nelson, WR

Larry Fitzgerald still has more catches and yardage, but in terms of big plays, it is Nelson who has paced the Cardinals this season. He has the highest yards per catch of any Arizona wide receiver, and his two touchdowns are tied with Fitzgerald for the team lead. It’s only a matter of time before he is the No. 1 receiver in Arizona. Nelson is already getting plaudits now — his five catch, 120 yard performance in Week 2 earned him NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors.

Atlanta Falcons — Devonta Freeman, RB

Impressively, Freeman alone has five touchdowns this season — as many as quarterback Matt Ryan has thrown for over the same amount of games. Those five touchdowns are good enough to tie him for the NFL lead with Leonard Fournette of the Jaguars. His yardage total doesn’t jump off the page — at 285 yards, he’s only 13th in the NFL — but he’s scoring touchdowns. That’s been huge for the Falcons in a year where Ryan hasn’t quite rediscovered his best form yet.

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