Saturday, September 22, 2018
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Talib-Douglas dustup fails to bring fines

The NFL declined to fine anybody involved in the Aqib Talib-Harry Douglas sideline skirmish last weekend.

Broncos cornerback Talib tussled with Titans receiver Douglas one play after Douglas' low block on cornerback Chris Harris that reverberated throughout the league.

The scrum happened on the Tennessee sideline but hardly anyone joined in. Talib, a former Buc, ripped his helmet off and dared the Titans players to fight him. Some Titans were telling him he was about to get ejected. Finally, Titans linebacker Avery Williamson tossed Talib aside as officials tried to break it up.

After the game, Talib threatened to beat up Douglas the next time he sees him in Atlanta. The two have the same agent.

Douglas defended his block on Harris and his reputation after the game, pointing out that the hit was allowable and insisting he's not a dirty player.

Douglas wasn't flagged for the low block, which is technically legal but which the Broncos argued was unnecessary because the two were nowhere near the pile.

Harris suffered a cut on his right knee but avoided serious injury.

"There ain't no point in cut-blocking a guy when the run's way over on the opposite side and I don't have no impact on the play," Harris said in arguing for a hefty fine for Douglas from the league, which has made player safety a priority.

The only player fined from the Titans' 13-10 win was Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who was docked $12,154 for mimicking a baseball pitcher in a stretch and throwing the football at the wall after scoring a touchdown.

COWBOY OUT VS. BUCS: Dallas defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence has been ruled out against the Bucs on Sunday with a back issue that limited him to a season-low 13 snaps last week. Lawrence, suspended the first four games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, missed practice all week. He was almost held out of last week's loss to the Giants after his back flared up during the week. He has one sack in nine games after leading the team with eight last season.

BILLS: Defensive tackle Kyle Williams, one of the team's most consistent defenders this with 55 tackles and 3½ sacks, returned to practice on a limited basis and will be a game-time decision Sunday.

CHIEFS: Linebacker and pass-rushing specialist Justin Houston is questionable for Sunday with soreness in his left knee, which he had surgically repaired in February. Cornerback Phillip Gaines did not practice this week and was ruled out with a knee injury.

FALCONS: Safety Kemal Ishmael was placed on season-ending injured reserve as he awaits shoulder surgery.

VIKINGS: Running back Adrian Peterson says he is ready to play Sunday after missing the past 11 games with a torn meniscus in his right knee.

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