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Report: Dallas PD investigating Broncos CB Aqib Talib, brother for aggravated assault

By Johnny Hart
ESPNDenver.com
 
Sources within the Dallas Police Department say that Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib and his brother are under investigation for aggravated assault after an incident early Wednesday morning at a downtown Dallas nightclub, according to a report from an area television station.
 
WFAA-TV’s Rebecca Lopez reports that Talib and his brother, Yaqub, were questioned by Dallas police following a physical altercation that led to shots being fired from a gun at Club Luxx in Dallas.
 
According to the report, Talib and his brother were released, though both remain under investigation until Dallas PD finishes its inquiries.
 
Broncos vice president of public relations Patrick Smyth told the Denver Post that the team has been in contact with Talib regarding the WFAA report and “will continue to monitor this situation.”
 
As part of the investigation, sources told Lopez that two vehicles associated with Talib were towed and will be searched for evidence.
 
 
Last June, the Dallas PD wrongly reported the Broncos cornerback had been arrested at an area nightclub for public intoxication and causing a disturbance when in fact it was his brother, Yaqub, who had been taken into custody.
 
The department would later issue a correction and publically apologize to Aqib Talib.
 
 
Talib, 29, grew up in Dallas and still has family residing there.
 
After signing a six-year, $57 million contract with the Broncos last offseason, Talib made his second straight Pro Bowl in 2014 after intercepting four passes –– two returned for touchdowns.
 
Pro Football Focus graded him the 16th best corner in the NFL last season.
 
As this story continues to develop, check back here for updates.

Gradkowski 'fired up' to prove himself with Broncos after disappointing 2014

By Johnny Hart
ESPNDenver.com
 
Last season wasn’t exactly a banner year for then-Ravens center Gino Gradkowski.
 
The Broncos newest big man called his 2014 campaign “very difficult” in a conference call Thursday after the trade that sent him from Baltimore –– along with a fifth-round draft pick in 2016 –– to Denver in exchange for a fourth-rounder next season became official.
 
After a rookie season that earned him a Super Bowl ring from a backup offensive line position, Gradkowski took the reigns from two-time All-Pro and six-time Pro Bowler Matt Birk in 2013, starting all 16 regular season games.
 
But following arthroscopic knee surgery before the 2014 season, Gradkowski lost his starting role to center Jeremy Zuttah, who had been acquired via trade during the offseason.
 
Gradkowski went from an every day starter in 2013 to playing just 10 snaps over three games in 2014.
 
“I have a chip on my shoulder now,” Gradkowski said. “I feel like I have a lot to prove, and I can’t wait to get started with that.”
 
Despite being “fired up” over not dressing in nearly half of his games last season, Gradkowski said riding the bench last season allowed him the proper time to study and learn then-Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak’s offense.
 
Now with Kubiak at the helm in Denver, Gradkowski will compete for a starting role having one-year of experience under his head coach’s offense.
 
“Well, I think it’s definitely good that I was in this offense for a year. I understand the offense,” Gradkowski told The Locker Room Thursday afternoon. “You know, I can help the other guys along with learning it, and I look forward to doing that.”
 
As for his knee, Gradkowski said he “felt great all year” after having it “cleaned out” last offseason.
 
“… Right now I feel better than ever,” Gradkowski said. “I feel better than ever. I can’t wait to get started.”

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