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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Aqib Talib: Nick Mangold hit not dirty

By Mike Reiss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib said Wednesday that he didn't have an issue with the low tackle by Jets center Nick Mangold that sparked a melee at the end of Thursday's 13-10 New England win.

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"I thought he kind of dove a little early. He started to dive when I was in bounds and I kind of went out of bounds at the end of his dive. I didn't see it as dirty," Talib told ESPN. "I haven't seen it too many times, but I'm good. I ain't worried about it."

When Talib wasn't present for the Patriots' Monday practice, some wondered if perhaps he had sustained an injury on the play. But Talib told ESPN on Wednesday that he was tending to a family emergency.

"I came out of the game healthy," he said.

On the play that sparked the end-of-game melee that ultimately led to ejections for Jets linemen Willie Colon and D'Brickashaw Ferguson, and a 15-yard personal foul penalty for Mangold, Talib had intercepted a pass and returned it along the sideline when Mangold lunged toward his legs.

Talib had slowed a bit, spun around, so Mangold ended up making contact with him from behind around the knees.

That sparked a reaction from Patriots coach Bill Belichick and others as the play happened in front of the team's sideline. Soon enough, there was a scrum between several members of both teams that is currently under review by the league office.