Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib suspended for 2 games after on-field fight

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib and Oakland Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree were suspended for two games after an on-field fight Sunday.

The NFL said the two violated rules regarding unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness.

The two will not be paid for the suspended games. Talib will miss games against the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets.

The suspension was sparked by a fight between the players. After Crabtree threw a punch at Talib, several Raiders and Broncos players started going at it on the sideline.

Both players were ejected from the game. Raiders guard Gabe Jackson was also ejected for shoving an official to the ground.

This is not the first time Talib and Crabtree have fought during a game.

The two got into a fight during a game last season when Talib grabbed Crabtree's gold chain necklace during the final regular-season game.

"The series of flagrant violations for which you are being disciplined began less than three minutes into the game," NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runywan wrote to Talib.

"First, while competing on the field of play, you deliberately ripped your opponent's chain from his neck just as you did last year when you played against him.

"Then, when the two of you went to the ground after a subsequent play, you aggressively removed his helmet and threw it in his direction, endangering him and various sideline personnel in the near vicinity.

"Finally, once you were momentarily separated from your opponent, you again engaged him and threw a punch. … Such actions have no place in this game, engender ill will between teams, and lead to further confrontations."

Crabtree is suspended for games against the New York Giants and Kansas City Chiefs, and will be eligible to return to the active roster on Dec. 11.

Both players intend to appeal the suspensions.