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Thanks to bye, Talib’s suspension grows from four weeks to five

Aqib Talib AP

Newly-acquired Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib currently is serving a four-game suspension for violation of the league’s policy against performance-enhancing substances.  He has missed three games.  If he hadn’t been traded by the Bucs, the fourth game would have been served in Week Nine, against the Raiders.

With the Pats off this week, some presume that Talib will lose his paycheck for the bye and then be ready to return next Sunday.  But it may not be that simple.

Talib was suspended four games, not four weeks.  As a result, there’s a good chance Talib will be first available not in Week 10 but in Week 11.

The Patriots deferred comment on Talib’s status to the NFL.  The league has not yet responded to our inquiry.

UPDATE 5:34 p.m. ET:  Per the league, Talib’s suspension extends through Week 10.  It’s four games, not four weeks.

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18 Responses to “Thanks to bye, Talib’s suspension grows from four weeks to five”
  1. catquick says: Nov 1, 2012 5:49 PM

    It’s probably up to his parole officer

  2. blackandbluedivision says: Nov 1, 2012 5:55 PM

    Awesome they to test him out against the Colts and then unleash him against the Jets.

  3. Marv says: Nov 1, 2012 6:14 PM

    Talib and Alfonzo Dennard on the same team… watch out people of Boston.

  4. ampats says: Nov 1, 2012 6:15 PM

    No matter how you look at the trade,he provides an immediate upgrade to the secondary.

    And as any Pats fan will tell you its all about winning the Super Bowl.

  5. i, flounder says: Nov 1, 2012 6:21 PM

    does the nfl do anything all day but sit around and think of ways to screw over the pats; america’s real team. the team that united the country, and the only thing that made them smile again after 9-11.

  6. patswhatsup says: Nov 1, 2012 6:36 PM

    Shouldn’t he get paid then during his by week?

  7. markdepace says: Nov 1, 2012 7:07 PM

    i, flounder – You’re an idiot. If any team could make that claim and get away with it, it would be the Giants or possibly the Jets.

  8. gotampabay52 says: Nov 1, 2012 7:07 PM

    Yo Pat fans do you watch football go watch romo and eli torch talib the only ints he gets are over thrown or under throw passes he isnt that good go look at the highlights

  9. jay2thebe says: Nov 1, 2012 7:31 PM

    i, flounder says:
    Nov 1, 2012 6:21 PM
    does the nfl do anything all day but sit around and think of ways to screw over the pats; america’s real team. the team that united the country, and the only thing that made them smile again after 9-11.
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    I am a Pats fan, and I did not approve this message.

  10. dealer009 says: Nov 1, 2012 7:40 PM

    Basically a 4th round draft pick for 7 games plus playoffs.

  11. irishbuc says: Nov 1, 2012 8:40 PM

    Iflounder

    I think the league does them a favor with their schedule every year. Last year they did not face a team above .500 until the playoffs!

  12. ddogdaddy says: Nov 1, 2012 10:05 PM

    Why do you think they call it dope?

  13. db105 says: Nov 2, 2012 1:52 AM

    irishbuc says:
    Nov 1, 2012 8:40 PM
    Iflounder

    I think the league does them a favor with their schedule every year. Last year they did not face a team above .500 until the playoffs!

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    Most of the teams they played were 8-8 (.500) last year. The reason those were .500 was that the Pats beat. Subtract the game vs the Pats they’d 8-7 and over .500.

  14. spoilerfutbol says: Nov 2, 2012 11:30 AM

    Iflounder

    I think the league does them a favor with their schedule every year. Last year they did not face a team above .500 until the playoffs!

    ___________

    Stop with this stupid thing hahaha

    Next year Patriots play against:

    Home
    Browns
    Steelers
    Saints
    Buccaneers
    AFC West*
    Bills
    Dolphins
    Jets

    Away
    Ravens
    Bengals
    Falcons
    Panthers
    AFC South (Texans)
    Bills
    Dolphins
    Jets

    Dou you think is “easy” ?

  15. ntestarossa says: Nov 2, 2012 12:12 PM

    gotampabay52 says: Nov 1, 2012 7:07 PM

    Yo Pat fans do you watch football go watch romo and eli torch talib the only ints he gets are over thrown or under throw passes he isnt that good go look at the highlight

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    You realize that he was the #1 corner back on a team thats D was still getting adjusted to new players, new coaches and not to mention the other CB moved to safety.
    If Aqib can get his act together and realize the oppurtinty to be on a winning football team, great things can come of this.

    He immediately becomes the biggest CB and maybe DB, and even if its Talib/Denard or Talib/Arrington with McCourty at the saftey spot, thats pretty good. Or in Nickle with Devin, Aqib and Alfonzo at CB, thats pretty damn solid too. Hell throw in Dime with Kyle Arrington and thats not a bad 4 CB set. you could have 3 linebackers and 2 lineman and run that most of the game lol.

  16. realfann says: Nov 2, 2012 3:14 PM

    Are you sure players get paid for the bye week?

    I always thought they got one paycheck per game (note the correct usage of “per”).

    So his 4 game suspension means he loses 4 game checks no matter how long a period that encompasses.

  17. nemike says: Nov 2, 2012 7:46 PM

    Hopefully, this will open the door a little more so that Arrington can walk thru it to another place, and the Pats can, finally, be rid of the weak link in the secondary.

  18. scalfor3 says: Nov 3, 2012 1:55 AM

    At least he’ll have two games to get acclimated before the biggest test of the season comes. Houston and San Fran in back-to-back weeks.

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