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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Aqib Talib: Nick Mangold tackle OK

By Mike Reiss
ESPNBoston.com

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

Nick Mangold and Aqib Talib
Nick Mangold's hit on Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib following an interception set off a scrum that ended with two Jets players getting ejected.

"I thought he kind of dove a little early. He started to dive when I was inbounds 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' practice Monday, 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.

Talib had intercepted a pass and returned it along the sideline when Mangold lunged toward his legs, sparking a 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 slowed a bit and spun around, so Mangold ended up making contact with him from behind around the knees in front of the New England sideline.

That sparked a reaction from Patriots coach Bill Belichick and others. Soon enough, there was a scrum between several members of both teams that is under review by the league.