The NFL has suspended Denver Broncos linebacker Joe Mays for one game due to his vicious hit on Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub. In addition, Mays will be fined $50,000 per CBS Sports (via Twitter).
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the league’s decision via Twitter and noted that Mays will take action against the ruling.
NFL suspended Broncos LB Joe Mays for one game for the helmet-to-helmet hit he put on Texans QB Matt Schaub. Mays is appealing suspension.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 25, 2012
However, Linsday Jones of The Denver Post reported that “Mays, in a phone conversation with The Denver Post, said he had not heard that news and would call his agent.”
Mays launched himself toward Schaub during a third-quarter passing play and led with his helmet. He was penalized for roughing the passer, and caused the Texans passer to leave the game bleeding.
Schaub did return to the game, but suffered a gruesome cut on his ear. After the game, he discussed the hit and said, “I felt fine. You know, I just lost a little piece of my ear,” via Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle.
Mike Klis of The Denver Post notes that this is the second consecutive week in which Mays is facing penalties from the league for roughing an opposing quarterback. Klis’ report states that Mays was fined $7,875 for a hit on Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan.
Klis also notes that Mays apologized to Schaub after the game and quotes the linebacker saying, “I play fast. I don't want people to think I'm a dirty player or a headhunter or anything like that. I just play fast."
The Texans won the game 31-25 after holding off a late fourth-quarter surge from Peyton Manning and the Broncos.
Denver will take on the Oakland Raiders at home next week and, in all likelihood, will be without Mays.