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Horse Tracks: Broncos Aqib Talib did the right thing against the dirty Titans on Sunday

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When officials fail to act after such an egregious assault, players must take policing the game into their own hands.

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I thought all this extra-curricular stuff between the Titans and Broncos was over once Cortland Finnegan left Tennessee. Not so!

The Tennessee Titans have continued their tradition of dirty play and lack of playoff success into the modern era.

If this is coming as news to you, I strongly urge you to read Laurie Lattimore-Volkman's comprehensive write-up on the events that took place during and after Sunday's game. Simply put, Titans receiver Harry Douglas dove at Broncos Pro Bowl cornerback Chris Harris, Jr.'s knee in an effort to seriously injure Harris. On the following play, Aqib Talib let Douglas know that kind of bush-league play wasn't going to be tolerated.

Harry Douglas, whose name sounds more like an entry in the urban dictionary for some obscure and degrading intimate act, was not penalized for his effort to take Harris out of the game.

What has the sport come to when a player so egregiously tries to injure another and gets away with it?

If the referees don't police the game, the players have to. If you ask me, Talib and the rest of the defense showed great restraint by only going after Douglas the one time. Dirtbag players need to pay for dirtbag moves and Talib did the right thing, penalty and all, in sending a message that sort of low-rent amateur hogwash doesn't fly in the NFL. Especially since the referees were incapable of sending that message themselves.

Talib vowed to "beat Douglas' ass" the next time they see each other. Talib is just crazy enough to do it... and Douglas deserves every ounce of it.

HORSE TRACKS

In other news from Sunday's tilt with the Titans, the Broncos lost. Here are some recaps.

Siemian Says: Trevor battles through injury in painful loss | Denver Broncos

Three Keys Unlocked: Titans 13, Broncos 10 | Denver Broncos

Five Key Moments: Titans 13, Broncos 10 | Denver Broncos

Broncos' playoff hopes bruised by loss to Titans - Denver Broncos Blog- ESPN

Titans hold on late to beat Broncos 13-10 | ProFootballTalk

Want to read more on the dirtiest hit you'll likely see all year?

In wake of low hit on Chris Harris Jr., Broncos stand up for their teammate | Denver Broncos

Dirty plays hang over a disappointing loss in Tennessee - 7NEWS Denver TheDenverChannel.com

Terrible cheap shot on CB Chris Harris leads to Broncos-Titans fight involving Aqib Talib | Yahoo!

Broncos' Chris Harris: Harry Douglas tried to 'end my career' | USA Today

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Poor Drew Brees. Drew Brees, offense fail New Orleans Saints for again in loss to Bucs | ESPN

Poor Seahawks. It looks like the Packers suddenly remembered how to play football. No better time than late in the season. MVP candidate Rodgers, Packers dismantle Seahawks - NFL.com

Every now and then Bengals' Adam Jones lets his inner Pac-Man show. Cincinnati Bengals' Adam Jones uses trash can to rate Cleveland Browns' Terrelle Pryor's play | ESPN

Matt Stafford got dinged up. Stafford says finger affected him but will get better | ProFootballTalk

The Giants brought the soaring Cowboys back to Earth. Dak Prescott started believing his own hype in Cowboys' Sunday night disaster | FOX Sports

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