Denver Broncos defensive back Aqib Talib (rightfully) gets a lot of sh*t for talking a lot of sh*t, but his harsh words for Tennessee Titans wideout Harry Douglas after the teams' Sunday afternoon tilt may have been justified.
“It was a dirty play by a sorry player,” Talib said. “He tried to do something dirty, so that’s why I’m going to beat his ass.”
— Ryan Greene (@RGreene5280) December 11, 2016
In the second quarter, Douglas went low to block Broncos defensive back Chris Harris and appeared to target his knee. Harris was injured on the play but returned later in the game. He suffered an ACL injury in 2013.
“I’m a tough player. I’m a gritty player,” Douglas said. “I’m not a dirty player no matter what anybody says.”
The video seems to disagree.
An action of Talib's that is less justifiable, though: possibly costing his team the game on the very next play.
In retaliation, Talib went after Douglas to spark a scuffle between the squads.
Aqib Talib and Harry Douglas Got Into a Brawl, One Play After Douglas Hit Chris Harris With a Low Block on the Knee pic.twitter.com/lLxbzxiMKP
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The three-time Pro Bowler was flagged for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, putting the Titans firmly into field goal range. The Tennessee offense stalled and took the three points to go up 13-0, a deficit Denver would fall just short of overcoming, instead losing 13-10.
The win gives Tennessee the same 7-6 record as the AFC South-leading Houston Texans, who hold the head-to-head tiebreaker (they'll meet again in Week 17). Meanwhile Denver drops to 8-5. They're clinging to the AFC's last playoff spot, owning a better win percentage in common games with the also 8-5 Miami Dolphins.