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Broncos' Aqib Talib loses appeal, must serve 1-game ban for eye poke

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Riddick on Talib: Eye poke has no place in the game (0:27)

Louis Riddick takes a strong stance against Broncos CB Aqib Talib's eye poke of Colts TE Dwayne Allen, which resulted in a one-game suspension for Talib. (0:27)

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib lost his appeal on a one-game suspension Tuesday and will miss Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Talib is barred from attending team functions, including meetings and practices, during the week. The suspension, a result of Talib's poking Indianapolis tight end Dwayne Allen in the right eye in the closing minutes of Sunday's 27-24 Colts win at Lucas Oil Stadium, begins immediately.

The suspension will cost Talib one game check, or $323,529 of his $5.5 million base salary. Talib said Monday he hoped to make his case by admitting he made a mistake by confronting Allen after a play and that "it was not intentional, I didn't walk over there like 'I'm going to poke this guy in his eye.'"

"Obviously, [I'm] very disappointed," Broncos executive VP John Elway said in a statement. "We're all very disappointed, as a team, that it was not reduced."

One of Talib's former teammates with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks, was the NFL's hearing officer for the appeal. Talib had his chance to offer his side of the story Tuesday.

Talib had two penalties four plays apart in the final 2 minutes, 35 seconds of Sunday's game. The first was when Talib was flagged for poking Allen in the eye following some pushing and shoving after a 2-yard run by Frank Gore.

Allen and Broncos linebacker Von Miller, after some initial post-play pushing and shoving, were facemask-to-facemask when Talib moved in and jabbed two fingers inside Allen's helmet. Allen said following Sunday's game he believed Talib deliberately poked Allen in the eye.

Talib said he believed Allen had head-butted Miller.

The NFL issued a statement Monday that Talib was suspended "for unnecessary roughness ... for forcefully poking an opponent in the eye after the conclusion of a play." The statement added "Talib's action placed his opponent at unnecessary risk of injury and should have been avoided."

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak, who sat next to Talib on the team's flight from Indianapolis to Denver Sunday night, said Talib made a mistake "and he knows that," but Kubiak believed "by no means did he, I'm convinced, have intentions of poking anybody in the eye."

Talib's penalty could be a double whammy for the Broncos if they don't rebound against the Chiefs in Talib's absence. Talib's penalty prevented the Broncos from getting the ball back in the final minutes Sunday for an opportunity for a two-minute drive for a possible win against the Colts.

Because of Talib's actions, the Colts were able to use up the final six minutes on the game clock. That also prevented Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning from setting records for career wins by a quarterback and career passing yards.

Manning needs one more win and three more passing yards to add those marks to his resume.

"I know I've got to be smarter than that, especially that time of the game," Talib said Monday. "We got full confidence we stop them on that third down, with the two-minute [warning], Peyton will come down and score a touchdown and get that 187th win in dramatic fashion. I cost us the opportunity to go down there and get those points."

Talib also said" "My emotions just got the best of me. I was a little heated in the situation, and I got involved in that little altercation, and that's what I regret."

Talib said Monday he had tried to apologize to as many teammates as possible.

The Chiefs are 23rd in the league in passing yards per game, with an average of 226.6, and are tied with the Broncos for 26th in touchdown passes this season, with nine.