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Published on 09/25/2012 at Tue Sep 25 13:22.
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Joe Mays delivers what was deemed to be a helmet-to-helmet hit on Matt Schaub (Joe Amon, The Denver Post).

The NFL has just announced that they will be suspending Denver Broncos middle linebacker Joe Mays for one game due to a hit he delivered Sunday to Houston Texans‘ quarterback Matt Schaub. The hit left Schaub missing a portion of his earlobe.

Mays has apologized to Schaub twice and Schaub accepted, but apologies and accepted apologies are not enough in this NFL. Mays was fined two weeks ago the NFL minimum ($7,875) for a hit against Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.

This one is going to be a bit more pricey, Mays is fined $50,000 for the hit on Schaub and will also lose a game check.

Mays could appeal the decision, but for now he will not be allowed to attend the Broncos’ facility in Dove Valley nor will he be allowed to play this Sunday as the Broncos face the Oakland Raiders at home.

Denver is already a bit thin at linebacker, after losing DJ Williams to a six-game suspension. Undrafted rookie Steven Johnson is listed behind Mays on the depth chart and could likely see a start unless, the Broncos see fit to rotate the roster somehow. Both Nate Irving (who was knocked out of Sunday’s game with a concussion) and starting outside linebacker Wesley Woodyard have middle linebacker experience.

With Mays being out of the line-up it could be a golden opportunity to see the rookie Johnson who stood out in training camp and the preseason. Johnson has been inactive on the Broncos roster since week one.

  • DougEngland

    IMO the hit on DHB by Ryan Mundy was much more eggregious. Mays did not launch or seem to intentionally go head hunting. The fact that Schaub’s helmet came off just made it seem worse. He got the 15 yard roughing penality, but if the hit had landed six inches further down, it probably isn’t a penality at all.
    I’m curious if the NFL, being so upset with Fox and Del Rio’s actions last Monday, made this punishment so severe as a further reprimand at them.

  • Josh Temple

    Maybe we can infuse Al Wilson with Peyton’s Roboneck technology before Sunday….

  • E. Halsey Miles

    This is ridiculous. I can see a fine but I have no idea how this justifies a suspension. Schaub dropped his helmet just before Mays hit him, and the ball was barely out of his hand as it was. I don’t really know what they’re expecting defenders to do. Violate the laws of physics?

  • anthony33

    Hey, he does not have a concussion, he only lost a piece of his ear and he can still hear… what’s the problem?

  • Ian Henson


  • Tim Lynch

    Second offense. Plus replacement refs are not doing enough to protect the sissies throwing the ball. :P

  • Tim Lynch

    The NFL should be more worried about the replacement refs fixing games to win big bets in Vegas (pulling this info out of my paranoid, suspicious behind)

  • Tim Lynch

    Exactly. It’s like hockey. Man the F up!

  • Jim_Jebow

    you are a genius +1

  • fiercepika

    Johnson and Trevathan are going to be rotating in a lot at OLB, looks like. I sure hope our #1 draft pick next year is a linebacker.

  • Tim Lynch

    Quality MLB are hard to find…rare. We just have to get lucky…I am sure Elway and Fox know we need a heart and soul on D. That usually comes from the MLB position.

  • Benjamin DeRita

    This is truly worrisome, I am going to the Raiders game and im going to have nightmares until Sunday of Run DMC gutting us up the middle with Mays out.. Excited to see Trevathan and Hillman possibly..

  • Doom92

    I think he is getting what is deserved myself. He 100% led with his helmet and hit him well late, what ever Shuab did id irrelevant. On purpose or not doesn’t really matter. He could have avoided the hit but didn’t, a full running step after the ball was gone is not OK. I don’t think he is a bad guy or criminal in any way but as soon as he did it I told my wife “he’ll pay big for that one”. Tim hits right on the nail head.

  • Doom92

    “did not launch or seem to intentionally go head hunting”

    Sorry but I’m not sure… I think he absolutely went after him, the ball was gone and he lowed his head. Its that simple. Sure I could be a homer as well but if someone did the same thing to Peyton we’d all want his head… No pun intended.

    We can holler unfair till the cow’s come home but that is the bottom line, if it happened or happens to Peyton there wouldn’t be any of you guys saying he did nothing wrong defending the other would be player…

  • Mike Birtwistle

    I’m determined not to spend all the time hoping a LB or a DT are picked first – because that way its bound to happen

  • anthony33

    Here’s hoping May’s appeal comes out favorable. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that was not an intentional helmet to helmet hit. Hard, yes. Ugly looking, yes. Dirty, hell no!

    Not a big fan of Mays MLB play, but Goodell is completely full of crap if this is not overtturned.