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Matt Schaub lost a piece of his ear


Evander Holyfield has some company in the fraternity of athletes missing a piece of their ear.

No one bit Texans quarterback Matt Schaub during Sunday’s win over the Broncos, but Denver linebacker Joe Mays did deliver a nasty and illegal hit to Schaub’s head in the third quarter — the second straight play featuring a Broncos defender roughing Schaub — of Houston’s 31-25 victory. Schaub’s helmet came off went to the ground and put his hands over his ears in what looked like a response to an injury that would be putting T.J. Yates back in command of the Houston offense.

Schaub missed just one play, though, and said after the game that he was fine. With one little exception.

“I felt fine,” Schaub said, via the Houston Chronicle. “Lost a piece of my ear.”

Schaub’s return was very quick given the type of hit he sustained. In this time of heightened consciousness about concussions, it was surprising to see Schaub get back on the field without even a cursory look to see if he’d suffered any kind of head injury. There’s no suggestion that Schaub was concussed on the play nor that the Texans worked around the rules to get him back on the field, just a note that it was an unusually fast turnaround from a hit to the head in today’s NFL.

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30 Responses to “Matt Schaub lost a piece of his ear”
  1. joetoronto says: Sep 23, 2012 10:10 PM

    That was clearly a deliberate attempt to injure.

    The league needs to come down hard on Mays and the Bronco’s.

  2. omeezyx says: Sep 23, 2012 10:12 PM

    Mays should have gotten ejected after that hit. That was brutal. I know there’s a hefty fine coming his way.

  3. museluver says: Sep 23, 2012 10:13 PM

    I never watched it. Stupid UK blackout. Stupid NFL carrier! But I’ll catch a highlight from somewhere.

  4. nyjalleffingday says: Sep 23, 2012 10:13 PM

    Oh man, that fine better be HUGE. And it should go to a charity that focuses on those with hearing disabilities.

  5. mullman76 says: Sep 23, 2012 10:14 PM

    Schaub= MAN

    Go Raiders!!

  6. bigbluefan11 says: Sep 23, 2012 10:17 PM

    Matt, how many fingers am I holding up?

    Umm, Five or less.

    You’re fine… Get back in there.

  7. gochargersgo says: Sep 23, 2012 10:19 PM

    Thats the type of hit the commissioner should be discouraging. Fining won’t get the message across. Suspend him for a game.

  8. abninf says: Sep 23, 2012 10:24 PM

    Big deal. Romo played with a broken rib and collapsed lung.

  9. 2ndaryinsanity says: Sep 23, 2012 10:24 PM

    Denver’s defense was getting humiliated, so they tried to knock Schaub out of the game with back to back roughing the passer penalties.

  10. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 23, 2012 10:28 PM


  11. talkintrashallday says: Sep 23, 2012 10:31 PM

    i love football 🙂

  12. niners816 says: Sep 23, 2012 10:32 PM

    Maybe he should call up Evander Holyfield.

  13. maximus929 says: Sep 23, 2012 10:44 PM

    Bronco’s and Steelers are the dirtiest, cheapest-shot teams in the league.

  14. wtfchiefs says: Sep 23, 2012 10:45 PM

    That hit was about as dirty as they come.

  15. djaehne says: Sep 23, 2012 10:55 PM

    They should lose next year’s first round draft pick to the Texans.

  16. ch1ggs says: Sep 23, 2012 11:25 PM

    Honestly, it was a fun hit to watch. Completely illegal, but it made me remember the game as it used to be.

  17. jlstaud says: Sep 23, 2012 11:31 PM

    Give me a break. Mays came in with his head up. He never lowered his head, he never lowered his shoulder. The impact from the other Denver player pushed Shaub in the direction of Mays as Mays was coming in for what was a perfectly legal hit. The refs blew the call and there is no way Mays should be fined. More wussifying of the NFL. Bunch of pathetic babies

  18. joegalvan02 says: Sep 23, 2012 11:38 PM

    watching live, the hit looked pretty nasty. in the broadcast, the super slow-mo showed that neither player made contact to his head.

    Schaub was smashed in the other player at such a high speed, the helmet was thrown off from the whiplash.

    vicious hit. not illegal though. look closer.

  19. jlstaud says: Sep 23, 2012 11:50 PM

    Thank you JoeGalvan02. Nice to see someone on this site has a brain

  20. txtuff says: Sep 24, 2012 12:18 AM

    BS, watch it again. I thought he was straight up when he hit him also at first. But a reply with the angle from behind and left shows Mays drop his helmet and hit Schaub in the facemask.

    No matter what the one thing for sure us Schaub showed the NFL he is a man!

  21. ambitoos says: Sep 24, 2012 12:24 AM

    Since they removed my first post I’ll just say, bad Mays, bad, bad boy Mays. Hope the throw you in the hoosegow.

  22. Mr. Super-Cool Awesome says: Sep 24, 2012 12:59 AM

    Goodell talks out of both sides of his mouth with regards to player safety.

  23. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 24, 2012 1:09 AM

    Clean hit. Why are so many people taking the NFL’s bait by thinking every hard hit is “illegal” or “dirty”?

  24. jrodz19 says: Sep 24, 2012 1:15 AM

    Not even CLOSE to illegal. No helmet to helmet – just high speed collision with a big fat shoulder pad to a big dumb QB. The Broncos should have never been called for the penalty on this one. Bad call.

  25. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Sep 24, 2012 1:32 AM

    Love how the cameras caught Schuab throwing what looked to be pills into his mouth. That should have been a Herm Edwards you play to win the game moment.

  26. troyhufford says: Sep 24, 2012 9:14 AM

    Reblogged this on Troy Hufford and commented:
    Would you lose a piece of your ear and come back into a football game, just to get a win?… I wouldn’t. Matt Schaub clearly has bigger cajones than most people. Schaub came back in the game and helped the Houston Texans beat the Denver Broncos 31-25.

    This puts him in the same company as Evander Holyfield, who’s ear was bitten by the infamous Mike Tyson. In this scenario, Broncos linebacker Joe Mays would be the Mike Tyson equivalent. I hope he doesn’t start telling people he’s going to eat their children. Too much imitation is cheesy…

    Former NFL Official Mike Pereira urged that the hit should have resulted in Joe Mays being ejected. However, the replacement NFL referees had a number of questionable decisions this weekend, too many to list in just one article. Most notably, the fans in Baltimore started to chant “Bulls**t” in one of the most complex displays of displeasure I’ve ever seen at an NFL game.

  27. sabatimus says: Sep 24, 2012 11:31 AM

    Gotta echo JoeGalvan02: there was no contact with the head, nor was it a late hit. Meaning no personal foul should have been called. Schaub’s helmet flew off because of the force of impact to his chest.

  28. Broncofanatic7 says: Sep 24, 2012 12:10 PM

    Was a CLEAN hard hit… Watch the replay before you all judge. Man I wish I would have grown up in a different era then all these wussy rules that the NFL is creating now.
    He hit Schaub in the chest so hard that it was whiplash that caused the helmet to pop off and take a chunk of his ear with it.
    “Denver is a dirty team…” Why don’t you go and cry more, and then let me know when you’re ready to play some football. This isn’t the ice capads or anything…

  29. jwaggen says: Sep 24, 2012 1:08 PM

    SO, you would be OK if Peyton Manning had been hit like that? How about the Pile-Drive tackle on the preceeding play? Those refs! Obviously those were nice clean, legal hits!! By the way, do they have an Eyemasters in Denver? You should check it out.

  30. pabrownsfan says: Sep 24, 2012 4:00 PM

    he is a hell of lot tougher than me!

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