TAMPA — The wait is over. News just broke that Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib will not receive a suspension from the league for his actions during the offseason.
It was reported earlier this morning that Talib would receive four games, but official word from League offices has announced otherwise. The Buccaneers have been waiting since Monday to hear whether or not they’d have Talib on opening day against the Lions.
Now the only potential loser is Calvin Johnson, who has to officially prepare to matchup against the Bucs star corner.
Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reported last night that three league sources told him Talib should expect a 4 game suspension. However, the story didn’t fully catch on as the truth as the NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reported otherwise saying “multiple” sources told him they had heard nothing of a suspension let alone number.
Talib missed last season’s opener due to suspension, but this year he will be suiting up and contributing right from the get-go. Talib is one of, if not, the best defensive player for the Bucs and having for games against the Lions, Falcons and Colts early in the season is cause for Bucs Nation to breath a sigh of relief.
Talib avoided suspension, but will not play tonight against the Dolphins. He’s a late scratch due to his hamstring.
Thankfully for the Bucs, it’s just Talib’s hamstring that may hold him out of games, not a league enforced suspension. No matter the outcome of tonight’s preseason bout with the Dolphins, it’s safe to say the Buccaneers are big time winners today.
Stay tuned to Pewter Plank for more details on Aqib Talib avoiding suspension.