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Report: Broncos’ Aqib Talib will not play Sunday, getting second opinion

02 October 2016: Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib (21) intercepts a pass in the 1st quarter of the NFL regular season game between the Denver Broncos and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)
Photographer: Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire

The Denver Broncos will apparently be without Pro Bowl cornerback Aqib Talib this week when they play the Oakland Raiders on Sunday Night Football. According to James Palmer of the NFL Network, Talib will not play in the game as he recovers from a back injury.

The last time Talib played was against the Houston Texans a few weeks back, but he popped up on the injury list after the game. As we reported last week, the back injury was serious enough to keep him from their game against the San Diego Chargers this past Sunday.

Unfortunately it looks like the injury might be more serious than first expected. After missing practice on Thursday head coach Gary Kubiak said that the team was sending the former All-Pro to get another opinion on the injury.

“We’ll be evaluating when he gets back tonight,” Kubiak said. “We talked to the people in California and we’ll see where we’re at tomorrow. But it’s a day-to-day situation, and we just thought it’d be best to get another opinion.”

At this point Kubiak would not comment on any specifics of the evaluation, but he did note the ongoing problem that Talib has been going through.

“I’m not a doctor,” Kubiak said. “I just know he’s got an issue going on with his back. There’s good days and bad days. So he feels really good, here we go. And then it bothers him again, stiffens up on him. So we’re battling through it and felt like the best thing to do was get another opinion on it.”

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