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Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 09/25/2012

Joe Mays suspended 1 game, fined $50,000 for hit on Matt Schaub


Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub left the field after being separated from his helmet — and very nearly his ear — on a hit by Joe Mays on Sunday. (RICK WILKING / Reuters)
Despite apologizing and receiving a measure of forgiveness, Denver Broncos linebacker Joe Mays has been suspended for one game and fined $50,000 by the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub on Sunday.

The hit sent Schaub’s helmet flying and, as it came off, it ripped a part of Schaub’s ear. He came out for only one play as the blood flow was stanched. Mays, who has never been suspended, will appeal, CBS’s Jason La Canfora reports. ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the suspension; the Denver Post’s Lindsay Jones reported the fine.

Mays was called for a personal foul on the play and spoke with Schaub after the game Sunday.

“After the game, we shook hands and talked about it,” Schaub said. “No hard feelings. It's football. It's a physical, violent game. He said, ‘Hey, nothing intentional, nothing personal.’ We move on.”

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