Aqib Talib Trial For Aggravated Assault Set For March 2012

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib won't have the upcoming season (we hope there is one) interrupted for his trial on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. According to Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times, Talib's lawyer announced the trial date for March 26, 2012. There is a chance, however, that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell could still impose some form of punishment on Talib independent of the eventual outcome of the trial.

Bucs Nation, our Tampa Bay Buccaneers blog, notes:

The NFL has the power to suspend Aqib Talib anyway, and Roger Goodell has shown that he will suspend people even without any convictions.

The NFLPA is likely to argue that the NFL should not be allowed to suspend players for any conduct during the lockout, although it's entirely unclear whether their arguments will be accepted by the NFL or codified in the new CBA.

As we saw with Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in 2010, Goodell suspended the star for six games (later reduced to four games) after sexual assault charges were never filed against him for an alleged incident in Georgia.

All signs right now point to Talib being a force in Tampa's secondary this coming season.

Check out Bucs Nation for the latest on the Aqib Talib situation.

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