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Raiders’ Crabtree appeal successful, suspension reduced to one game [report]

Oakland Raiders’ wide receiver Michael Crabtree might have lost his chain, but he just won his suspension appeal.

ESPN inside Adam Schefter reported Tuesday afternoon that Crabtree was successful in his appeal of a two-game suspension handed down by the NFL on Monday, and will now serve a one-game suspension instead.

Crabtree was ejected from Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos in the first quarter for fighting with cornerback Aqib Talib on the opening drive of the game. The NFL also highlighted in its suspension letter to Crabtree that it took notice of the punch he threw to cornerback Chris Harris, Jr. on the play before his scrap with Talib. The Raiders’ wide receiver entered the weekend with history with Crabtree dating back to last season, when the Broncos’ corner ripped Crabtree’s chain off of his neck.

Schefter reported on Monday that Crabtree taped his chain to his body prior to Sunday’s game, yet still had it yanked off of his body in his fight with Talib.

Oakland offensive lineman Gabe Jackson was also ejected for pushing an official during Sunday’s fight, but did not receive a suspension from the NFL.

Crabtree will miss the Raiders’ upcoming home game against the New York Giants, but will return the following week against the Kansas City Chiefs.


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