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Joe Mays loses appeal of suspension, will miss Sunday’s game

Joe Mays, Matt Schaub AP

Broncos linebacker Joe Mays remains suspended and will miss Sunday’s game against the Raiders after losing his appeal today.

Denver coach John Fox confirmed that the NFL told the team Mays is still suspended.

Mays delivered a vicious head-first hit on Texans quarterback Matt Schaub, which knocked off not only Schaub’s helmet but also part of his ear. Mays was handed a 15-yard penalty. Schaub missed only one play.

The suspension is without pay, so Mays will lose one-seventeenth of his 2012 base salary, and he has been fined an additional $50,000.

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40 Responses to “Joe Mays loses appeal of suspension, will miss Sunday’s game”
  1. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Sep 27, 2012 4:34 PM

    Good!

  2. dkim2183 says: Sep 27, 2012 4:35 PM

    I cant believe he’s getting suspended for this….the ridiculous fines should be enough

  3. xLith says: Sep 27, 2012 4:42 PM

    Should have been longer. I still can’t believe the Steelers’ player wasn’t suspended.

  4. htowntexan says: Sep 27, 2012 4:44 PM

    should have been ejected from the game as well.

  5. footballallyear says: Sep 27, 2012 4:47 PM

    The picture used with the post makes it look deliberate. I’m not saying it is…I’m just commenting on the picture.

  6. staff2cj says: Sep 27, 2012 4:54 PM

    This league is SOFT!!!

  7. illz254 says: Sep 27, 2012 4:57 PM

    Is that a piece of his ear flying across the field, or is my monitor dirty???

  8. jhwyobronco says: Sep 27, 2012 5:00 PM

    Mays in all appearances is a good dude. Plays hard and hits like a truck.

    As a huge Broncos fan, if Harrison got a game for the McCoy hit, Mays has to sit one too.

    How about Munday not getting a game for his hit and getting a 29k less fine? Shaub played 1 play later and Heyward Bay is out for week 4 and spent a night in the spital!

  9. eslaught says: Sep 27, 2012 5:12 PM

    Mays didn’t even attempt to go towards Schaub’s body or wrap his arms around him. Mays was going for the knock out blow, his helmet was lowered and he led with it.

  10. kane337 says: Sep 27, 2012 5:16 PM

    Very very dirty play. Suspension is well deserved.

  11. geniusfan says: Sep 27, 2012 5:20 PM

    “This league is SOFT!!!”

    If you don’t like it don’t watch it.

    I’m stunned that Ryan Mundy wasn’t suspended his hit was worse, they both deserve suspensions.

  12. vbe2 says: Sep 27, 2012 5:23 PM

    The suspension is without pay, so Mays will lose one-seventeenth of his 2012 base salary, and he has been fined an additional $50,000.
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    Don’t you mean “one-sixteenth of his 2012 base salary”? There’s 17 weeks in the season but the players only get paid for games played, not for bye weeks.

  13. randyschwimmer7 says: Sep 27, 2012 5:28 PM

    Please everyone that has seen this once, explain to me how this is dirty? Joe Mays is 5’10” tall. Matt Schaub is 6’5″ tall. That is a little less than the size of a helmet size. So when Joe Mays hits Schaub in the CHEST area with his head, which he did, with Schaub being taller than him, Schaub’s helmet bounced forward where his face mask hit the top of Mays’s helmet. This happening caused the helmet to come loose and the ear pad of the helmet cut his ear.

    If this was SO DIRTY and illegal, why did Schaub only go off for one play? If you think this is a dirty play than you need to go watch pee wee football. This is a CONTACT SPORT here and we are treating a nice strong hit that WAS NOT a helmet to helmet hit (like Mundy to DHB which he didn’t get suspended for, and only got half the fine that Mays did). If you can sit there and tell me that you think this is worth a suspension, you have become soft. The hit was strong and aggressive, but he didn’t spear him, leave his feet, or drive Schaub into the ground.

  14. randyschwimmer7 says: Sep 27, 2012 5:31 PM

    eslaught says:
    Sep 27, 2012 5:12 PM
    Mays didn’t even attempt to go towards Schaub’s body or wrap his arms around him. Mays was going for the knock out blow, his helmet was lowered and he led with it.

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    You obviously didn’t watch the play. He did try to wrap his arms around him. The dude has as clean of a record of any rookie playing in his first game in the NFL. He got fined last week, but this was not intentional. Read my earlier comment. Schaubs is taller than Mays, how could he have NOT LEFT HIS FEET and still had a direct helmet to helmet hit? This is just garbage on so many levels.

  15. thelastpieceofcheese says: Sep 27, 2012 5:33 PM

    Fox – who demands his players play dirty – should also have been suspended for a game.

  16. scarab21 says: Sep 27, 2012 5:40 PM

    randyschwimmer7 are u nuts?

    Have you ever played football? He lead with his head. His arms were behind his body. He launched himself at Schaub. = Illegal, buddy.

  17. djaehne says: Sep 27, 2012 5:44 PM

    Probably not a dirty player, but a crappy hit. If Manning took that type of hit Broncos would be singing an entirely different tune. Get over it.

  18. randyschwimmer7 says: Sep 27, 2012 5:50 PM

    @scarab21 yes I have actually. I played DE. Did you actually watch the hit? Play it in slow mode…rewind and re-watch. He is not a dirty player. If you read what I said, how would his helmet of come off any other way? His head whipped forward and the face mask of Schaubs helmet hit the crown of Mays’s. Go watch it and REALLY watch it without biased eyes. Sure it looks bad in real time. But the only reason that Schaub grabbed his head was because of the pads hurting his ears.

  19. gnarlswoodson says: Sep 27, 2012 5:51 PM

    I agree with randy schwimmer.

    From a former D1AA college linebacker who played prior to Goodell taking over as commissioner in the NFL, I must say they have done an awful job deciphering BIG hits from DIRTY ones. ANY BIG hit in the NFL nowadays is a flag or a fine. Gotta protect the offensive players, but when Golden Tate pushes Sam Shields to the ground leaving him open to get trampled by 5 guys all jumping as high as possible to grab a hail mary, no fine.

    Joe Mays, keep doing you, Ill be getting a jersey soon to get you at least a hundred of your money back. And im a Packer fan.

  20. randyschwimmer7 says: Sep 27, 2012 5:51 PM

    I am also looking at this unbiased. Looking at it as a fan of the real NFL. Real smash mouth football.

  21. randallflagg52 says: Sep 27, 2012 5:53 PM

    Wow, what a surprise. The judge, jury and executioner is sticking to his guns on this one. I personally didn’t see anything wrong with that hit, 2 years ago and that would have been hailed as a great play (much like Ed Reed’s hit on Branch on Sunday night, even the announcers agreed).

    Seems like the game of football will soon be how south park predicted last night.

  22. harryballzonya says: Sep 27, 2012 5:57 PM

    I heard he made 10k from the pool!

  23. scarab21 says: Sep 27, 2012 6:03 PM

    i agree with the pads hurting his ears and that is why he grabbed his head. and i dont think it was helmet to helmet.. but it was the way mays went at him. his arms are behind him. he launched. No, he didnt leave his feet, but he launched and led with his helmet. I dont care if he has NEVER been even penalized once in his whole life.. this hit, specifically, was illegal.biased eyes? are u a Broncos fan? And yes. i was watching the game and played it in slow mo many times. pause it at the point of contact and see his wings.. i mean arms.. are behind him..

    you cant wrap up someone when your arms are behind your body at the point of contact.

  24. 2011to2020lions says: Sep 27, 2012 6:12 PM

    There have been some great hits even with the new rule change. I was not happy at first, but I have still seen some solid hits, and clean. The guys who can’t play within the rules are just not as good as those who can. They either need to hit clean and still get the big hit, or pay the piper for illegal hits. They can choose.

  25. randallflagg52 says: Sep 27, 2012 6:12 PM

    gnarlswoodson says:
    Sep 27, 2012 5:51 PM
    I agree with randy schwimmer.

    From a former D1AA college linebacker who played prior to Goodell taking over as commissioner in the NFL, I must say they have done an awful job deciphering BIG hits from DIRTY ones. ANY BIG hit in the NFL nowadays is a flag or a fine. Gotta protect the offensive players, but when Golden Tate pushes Sam Shields to the ground leaving him open to get trampled by 5 guys all jumping as high as possible to grab a hail mary, no fine.

    Joe Mays, keep doing you, Ill be getting a jersey soon to get you at least a hundred of your money back. And im a Packer fan.

    ===================================

    You packer fans are still complaining over that game? Get over it man, jeez the amount of complaining the Packers and their fans do (over the years, not just after Monday) are quickly making you america’s most hated team.

  26. justwinbaby29 says: Sep 27, 2012 6:20 PM

    Huge game. Raiders will need to put up points (at least 27) to win this game. They have to block Dummervil and Miller.

    McFadden has done well vs. the Broncos. Raiders have won their last 7 AFC West games on the road.

    Make it 8.

    Upset special.

    Raiders 30 Broncos 27

  27. rayguyreturns says: Sep 27, 2012 6:30 PM

    “footballallyear says:
    The picture used with the post makes it look deliberate. I’m not saying it is…I’m just commenting on the picture.”
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    Why was it not deliberate? Do you think he was trying to level a cheerleader on the sidelines instead??? Of course it was deliberate and late.

  28. furious76 says: Sep 27, 2012 6:37 PM

    The hit was hard and due to the helmet to helmet rules deserved a flag, Schaub lowered his head into the hit.

    The fine is too much, the suspension is uncalled for. Schaub was not hurt except for the piece of ear that his helmet tore off. Mays is being fined and suspended more for faulty equipment then anything else.

    Had Mays followed through with full force and tried to hurt Schaub, his day would have been done. The league is over-reacting to a fast and hard hit that happened to knock off a helmet, and the helmet happened to take a piece of ear with it.

  29. rogergoodellsays says: Sep 27, 2012 6:43 PM

    Thems the breaks folks. Play within the rules and you can keep your money, at least from me. I mean no matter what the greedy government will take some of your money, except ours because the NFL is tax exempt, betcha didn’t know that did ya?

    love you, ;)

  30. Broncofanatic7 says: Sep 27, 2012 6:44 PM

    @randyschwimmer7
    You have just become my best friend. EVERYTHING that you said, is exactly what I have been telling everyone about this hit, almost to the T.
    First off, Mays was coming in on this play aiming at Schaubs back, and wanting to disrupt the throw. At the last second (before 260 pounds of a man can stop his momentum) Schaub body changes direction.
    But even still, at the point of contact, Joe Mays hits Schaubs high chest… NOT his helmet. I cannot believe they are suspending him for this game.

  31. Broncofanatic7 says: Sep 27, 2012 6:52 PM

    @vbe2
    Don’t you mean “one-sixteenth of his 2012 base salary”? There’s 17 weeks in the season but the players only get paid for games played, not for bye weeks.

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    No, the players get paid for 17 weeks… Can you read? Mays is going to be paying about $260k for this one hit, that wasn’t even illegal. NFL is getting weak.

  32. vbe2 says: Sep 27, 2012 7:31 PM

    @Broncofanatic7

    No, the players get paid for 17 weeks… Can you read? Mays is going to be paying about $260k for this one hit, that wasn’t even illegal. NFL is getting weak
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    Players get “game checks”, they’re paid for the games. The bye isn’t a game, they don’t get paid. They get 16 checks, more if they make the playoffs. This information has come directly from a current player on a current NFL roster.

  33. no1draftpick says: Sep 27, 2012 7:48 PM

    If Schaub’s helmet would have stayed on i bet there would have been no flag or suspension. he would have been fined but not suspended

  34. radrntn says: Sep 27, 2012 7:48 PM

    bottom line, he got fined the week before for a dirty hit…he did it again so he got fined ,and suspended a game…i am sure if he does it again next week when he returns, he will be fined and suspended multiple games…i can assure if Mundy from the steelers lays out another wr with a helmet to to helmet hit, he will be fined and suspended as well……..the real question is why are these guys leading with their helmets if they know it is not allowed.

  35. doylemcmuffin says: Sep 27, 2012 7:56 PM

    Anyone else see Ear Muffs Schaub’s ear fyling off his head in that picture? Awesome!!!

  36. denver1983 says: Sep 27, 2012 8:04 PM

    Hope we see the Texans in the playoffs so Joe Mays can hit him harder!!

  37. villa41 says: Sep 27, 2012 8:26 PM

    This is no upset. Raiders are the better team, even with their injury depleted secondary.

    Wish Mays was playing. I don’t want the Donks to have any excuses when they get handled.

  38. sweetnlow44 says: Sep 27, 2012 8:49 PM

    Cool, but what about those crybabies over in Green Bay? What’s Lang’s and Erin Rodgers punishment?

  39. mullman76 says: Sep 27, 2012 10:42 PM

    The reason Mays was suspended and Mundy was not is simple- Mundy plays for the steelers, owned by Rooney.

    Mara, Rooney and Kraft run this league, Roger is their puppet.

    Rooney called it in, simple as that.

  40. bnasu13 says: Sep 28, 2012 3:58 AM

    Anyone saying he didn’t deserve to get suspended is blind. Lunges head first and hits him square with the crown of the helmet. Easy suspension.

    Mundy should have been suspended, too. He is getting off way too easy for a completely illegal hit. Still praying for you to get better DHB!

    Can’t wait for our D-Line to go after Manning! And DMC will run wild! Let’s go Raiders!

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