Talib says facemask was intentional; NFL to consider suspension?

Broncos linebacker Von Miller was the star of Super Bowl 50, but before he took over the evening, it was teammate Aqib Talib who had everyone talking -- and for the wrong reasons. In the first half, Talib was flagged for two personal fouls, including this blatant facemask against Philly Brown:

Funny story: On Friday, commissioner Roger Goodell suggested that players who get two personal fouls in a game should be ejected.

There's more: After the Broncos' defense dominated the Panthers, Talib was asked about the penalties.

“It was B.S. flags,” Talib said, via NESN.com. “One was on our sidelines [for taunting] -- the guy [Brown] was talking on our sideline. One I just did on purpose, and I just had to show him. It’s probably going to be a fine. But, hey, we’re world champs.”

Aqib Talib admits he yanked Philly Brown's face mask on purpose. (USATSI)
Aqib Talib admits he yanked Philly Brown's facemask on purpose. (USATSI)

On Tuesday, Panthers coach Ron Rivera talked about Talib's facemask on Brown.

"Well I wish he wouldn't have done it. You gotta be careful," Rivera said. "The commissioner talked about two personal fouls and removing players now that just adds credence to the argument. The thing we've also got to understand is maybe you end up creating a system where the referees are going to start looking at things whether they're flagrant or not.

"You'd had to have a guy realize I can go ahead and send a message about playing that way. I wish that wouldn't have come out. If that's how he felt, unfortunately, then the league will have to decide on that."

And it appears the league could do just that. According to PFT, the NFL will consider suspending Talib for admitting to intentionally tackling Brown to the ground by his face mask.

More details from PFT:

The league office will examine Talib’s conduct within the confines of the normal course of post-game evaluations. Talib’s history will be a factor, along with his comments reflecting clear intent to violate an important safety rule.

Talib has been suspended six games over the course of his eight-year NFL career. Most recently, he missed one game in November 2015 after he poked an opponent in the eye.

CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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