In what is unsurprising news, Aqib Talib will not participate in the Broncos’ OTAs over the next two weeks while recovering from a gunshot wound, according to Mike Klis of 9NEWS. As Klis notes, Denver will take a month off following its last OTA, so Talib will have plenty of time — perhaps as much as six weeks — to heal. Talib, of course, was involved in an altercation at a Dallas nightclub over the weekend and emerged with a gunshot in his right leg.
Talib has told those close to him that he shot himself, Klis reports, but it seems as though the entire situation is murky. On the night of the incident, Talib reportedly told police he was at a park when he was shot, but the police are investigating the evening in full, according to Rebecca Lopez of WFAA (Twitter links). “Everything was a blur and I was too intoxicated to remember what happened,” said Talib, which makes it sound as though more details may emerge from a confusing night.
If Talib did cause self-inflicted harm, he wouldn’t be the first NFL player to have accidentally shot himself, as receiver Plaxico Burress infamously spent time in prison for criminal possession of a firearm after mistakenly shooting himself in the thigh at a New York nightclub. Texas, clearly, doesn’t have the same strict gun standards that does New York City, so it’s doubtful that Talib will face any criminal charges if the events did in fact unfold in a Burress-esque manner.
The NFL is looking into the matter, a league spokesman told Jason Cole of Bleacher Report (video link), and has contacted the Broncos for more information. There’s no word yet on whether Talib could face league discipline as a result of the incident.
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