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Joe Mays suspended, fined for taking part of Matt Schaub's ear

The NFL office suspended the Broncos LB one game and took $50K out of his paycheck for his illegal hit on Sunday that left the Texans QB looking like Evander Holyfield.

Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

In one of the bigger player safety punishments of the 2012 season, the NFL suspended Denver Broncos LB Joe Mays for one game and fined him $50,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Matt Schaub that took out a chunk of his ear:

Mays, a fifth-year LB out of North Dakota State, is in his third year with the Broncos. The team signed him to a 3-year $12 million deal this off-season, with $4 million in his first year guaranteed.

Mays has 5 tackles and 0.5 sacks in the first three games of 2012, but his absence could be huge next Sunday, when Denver takes on an Oakland Raiders team that likes to pound the ball with Darren McFadden.

Schaub, despite writhing in pain after Mays' hit, was able to finish out the game for Houston and isn't expected to miss any time going forward.

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