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Broncos CB Talib Loses Appeal, Officially Suspended for Eye-Poking

Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib’s adventures in eye-poking on Sunday against the Colts will result in a suspension, Gregg Rosenthal of reports.

The NFL notified Talib he has been suspended without pay for this Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs for his eye-poke of Colts tight end Dwayne Allen. The NFL said Talib violated safety-related playing rules with the action. Talib lost his appeal of the suspenion on Tuesday, NFL Media’s Rand Getlin reported. Mike Klis of NBC-9 in Denver first reported the story.

Talib appeared to poke Allen in the eye late in the Broncos’ 27-24 loss to the Colts, allowing the Colts to get a first down and essentially end the game.

The suspension was imposed by NFL Vice President of Football Operations Merton Hanks, who ruled that Talib’s action placed his opponent at unnecessary risk of injury and should have been avoided.

The suspension starts immediately. Talib is not allowed to attend any team functions until Monday, Nov. 16. Talib’s appeal will be heard and decided by either Derrick Brooks or James Thrash, the officers jointly appointed and compensated by the NFL and NFLPA to decide appeals of on-field player discipline.

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