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Fight between Raiders' Michael Crabtree, Broncos' Aqib Talib leads to brawl, chain-pulling

Fight stemmed from chain-pulling incident last season

. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)
. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)

OAKLAND, Calif. – A fight during the Raiders-Broncos game led to a wild brawl with multiple ejections on Sunday in Oakland.

The melee started between Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree and Broncos defensive back Aqib Talib.

The fight was a continuation of a dispute that started last season, when Talib ripped Crabtree's chain off during the season finale.

Crabtree missed the first game between the teams this year, but wasted little time seeking revenge. 

On the second play of Oakland's second drive, Crabtree aggressively blocked Talib on a running play and drove him to the ground on the Broncos sideline.

Talib ripped Crabtree's chain off his neck while they were tangled up, and the brawl ensued.

Several Broncos players surrounded Crabtree as he wrestled with Talib before his Raiders teammates could come to his assistance.

Talib pulled off Crabtree’s helmet and the two threw punches as they were separated by their teammates.

Guard Gabe Jackson pushed an official while trying to join in and got ejected for his actions, along with Crabtree and Talib.

"I guess his initiative was to come out there and fight today," said Denver cornerback Chris Harris Jr., who said Crabtree "sucker punched" him on the previous play. "I guess it wasn't to play football."

The NFL has not announced a fine or a suspension for the players involved. The Raiders defeated the Broncos 21-14.


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