Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib was charged with simple battery Thursday for an incident involving a cab driver just over two months ago. Talib still is expected to make the trip to London with the Bucs on Friday and play against the Patriots on Sunday.
Tampa Bay second-year cornerback Aqib Talib is facing a possible suspension from the National Football League after the state attorney's office filed misdemeanor battery charges against him Thursday, according to several reports.
The charges against Talib step from an alleged incident that occurred just over two months ago when Talib allegedly struck cab driver David Duggan on Interstate 275 in Pinellas County the night Tampa Bay's training camp broke.
Talib, a 2008 first-round draft pick out of Kansas, is expected to make the trip to London with the Bucs on Friday and play against the New England Patriots on Sunday.
"We were made aware the charges were going to be filed today and we will continue to monitor the situation and let the legal system run its course," Bucs director of public relations Jeff Kamis said in a statement.
Talib, who leads the Bucs defense with three interceptions, has been involved in other altercations during his two-year NFL career.
In the spring of 2008, Talib allegedly was involved in a fight with former teammate, running back Cory Boyd, at the NFL Rookie Symposium.
Just six months ago, Talib injured his teammate, Bucs cornerback Torrie Cox, after swinging his helmet at left tackle Donald Penn, whom he had gotten in a skirmish with on the practice field.
Bucs general manager Mark Dominik and head coach Raheem Morris have stated since Talib was arrested on Aug. 19 that Tampa Bay planned to work with the league office to determine the cornerback's punishment in terms of a possible fine and/or suspension.
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