TAMPA — Pretty much all of Bucs Nation has been waiting in limbo to find out whether or not star cornerback Aqib Talib will receive discipline from the league for his actions this offseason. He left his meeting with Roger Goodell, commissioner of the NFL, without an answer.
That answer may be coming within the next few hours. Per three league sources (not Adam Schefter for once), the expected punishment for Talib will be a four game suspension effective Week 1 against the Detroit Lions.
Don’t jump to fast to a conclusion based on that. According to NFL Network Insider Jason La Canfora, multiple league sources have told him nothing has been communicated between Talib and leagues officials in regards to a suspension.
“I met with the commissioner, but I’m going to keep all the details between me and the commissioner if ya’ll can respect that,” Talib said. When asked more questions about his meeting, Talib restated his original answer in various other ways. Talib was suspened for last season’s opener for violations occuring that offseason. According to Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, the Bucs were going to cut Talib after the lockout but Raheem Morris “begged ownership to give the player another chance.”
Should Talib miss the first four games, and let me restate that as of right now no suspension has been handed down, the Bucs would be without him in crucial early games against the Lions, Falcons and a Monday Night game against the Colts. A week 2 matchup against the Vikings could see the Bucs hurting without Talib should Donovan McNabb click with Percy Harvin, Bernard Berrian and Malcolm Jenkins.
Talib practiced Wednesday and is expected to play Saturday against the Dolphins.
Stay tuned to The Pewter Plank for the latest updates on Aqib Talib’s situation with the NFL.