MONDAY: 9:27am: Talib will return to practice today, according to James Palmer of NFL.com (on Twitter).
SUNDAY, 2;51pm: Two months after he was shot in the leg at a Dallas nightclub, Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib is expected to return to practice this week, according to Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post, who adds that Talib will only rejoin the club in a “limited capacity” and will be required to pass a physical. Talib has been on the non-football injury list since training camp began.
Few specifics about the shooting have been released in the eight weeks since the incident, and though the “working hypothesis” had been that Talib shot himself, no definitive reports have reached that conclusion. On the night of the incident, Talib reportedly told police he was at a park when he was shot, but the police were investigating the evening in full. “Everything was a blur and I was too intoxicated to remember what happened,” said Talib at the time. Authorities never recovered the weapon used in the shooting, and few (if any) witnesses are talking about what happened.
Meanwhile, reports have also indicated that league punishment is coming for Talib at some point down the road. Commissioner Roger Goodell is not a fan of firearms, and the fact that Talib was apparently intoxicated — and a has a history with weapons – will likely factor into any disciplinary decision. It’s still something of an open question as to whether Talib will face legal consequences in addition to NFL penalties.
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