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Broncos’ Mays Suspended for Hit That Took Piece of Schaub’s Ear

Denver Broncos linebacker Joe Mays was suspended for one game and fined $50,000 by the National Football League for a hit that left Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub missing a chunk of his left ear.

Mays will miss Denver’s Sept. 30 home game against the Oakland Raiders, and isn’t permitted to practice with the Broncos this week or be at the team’s facility. The fifth-year player started the Broncos’ first three games.

Mays received a roughing-the-passer penalty for his hit to Schaub’s head during the third quarter of the Texans’ 31-25 win over the Broncos on Sept. 23. A bloodied Schaub came out for one play after that hit and then returned to throw his fourth touchdown pass of the game about 10 minutes later.

“I just lost a little piece of my ear,” Schaub told reporters after the game. “I was bleeding and my helmet came off so I had to come out for a play, but I was fine.”

Mays, 27, apologized to Schaub after the game. Mays was fined $7,875 by the NFL last week for a roughing-the-passer penalty against Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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