Back in June, Denver Broncos star cornerback Aqib Talib was shot at a Dallas nightclub and was treated and released from a Dallas-area hospital. However, as further details came out, it seems very likely that Talib, in fact, shot himself.
You may remember that Plaxico Burress did some hard time for this very thing after shooting himself in the leg in a New York nightclub some years ago; while Texas is decidedly more pro-gun than New York is, they still frown upon carrying an unregistered firearm in a nightclub while intoxicated, to say nothing of actually firing it.
Now comes a bit of news from 104. The Fan in Denver, where Adam Schefter discusses the possibility of the league disciplining Talib:
"I remember initially speaking to somebody, and we were discussing the situation. And we were discussing it in a hypothetical way, because we do not know the exact facts of the situation. It’s a mystery. But the person I was talking to said, ‘I don’t see how this is less than 8 games,’" Schefter said.
The eight-game figure is an interesting one for the Raiders organization for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the Raiders play Denver twice as usual- the first meeting being in Week 9. If Talib were to serve an eight game suspension, the first game he would be eligible to return would be Week 9 in Oakland. Should he actually play in that game, I'm certain our fans will give him a very warm Black Hole welcome.
Secondly, the strength of Denver's team is without question their defense and in particular their secondary. With apologies to Chris Harris Jr., Aqib Talib is almost certainly the best player in that position group. Without Talib, Denver's early schedule looks a little more daunting (particularly their opening stretch of Panthers, Colts, Bengals and Buccaneers). Denver also plays San Diego twice prior to their Week 9 game in Oakland, and stopping Philip Rivers will be a challenge even with Talib much less without him.
Surely, the offenses facing Denver will be taking shots down the field and firing on all cylinders should Talib miss significant time. The other AFC West teams will have a leg up on Denver in the race for the division title. Will Denver be able to stop the bleeding, or will their divisional title streak finally go to the glue factory?