Buccaneers' Talib to be charged, could face suspension

Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas

An assistant state attorney told the St. Petersburg Times that Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib will be charged with simple battery and resisting arrest in connection with an August incident in which he allegedly hit a cab driver.

Talib still is expected to make the trip to London with the Bucs on Friday and should play in Sunday’s game against the Patriots.

However, the charges increase the chances Talib will face a suspension later this season. Sources have told me previously that the Bucs wanted to suspend Talib immediately after the incident happened, but were instructed by the NFL to wait to see how legal matters played out.

I'm not sure that simply being charged will be enough to trigger a suspension by the Bucs or the league. They may wait to see how the charges are revolved, but all indications are there is a good chance Talib will be suspended at some point.