Following Sunday’s 31-25 victory for the Houston Texans over the Denver Broncos, Broncos linebacker Joe Mays was fined $50,000 and suspended for one game following his hit on Texans’ QB Matt Schaub. The hit knocked Schaub’s helmet off his head and ripped off a piece of his ear. Amazingly, in real time the play was not flagged for roughing the passer, but the aftermath has resulted in disciplinary action from the NFL in Mays’ direction.
Word is that Mays will appeal the fine and suspension, but such as not been made official. If Mays wins the appeal, he could be active for the Broncos’ game this Sunday against the Oakland Raiders and could reduce or completely dissipate the entirety of his fine. Should Mays lose his appeal however, he will be bared from the Broncos practice facility and miss the entire week of practice and the Raiders game, with reinstatement on the Monday following the game with Oakland.
Schaub on the other hand only missed one play before returning to finish the game. Thus far, there is no indication of lingering ailments stemming from the hit or that Schaub will miss any additional time. Schaub is expected to start this Sunday when the Texans take on the division rival Tennessee Titans.
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