The NFL suspended Broncos MLB Joe Mays one game for his vicious hit on Texans QB Matt Schaub, ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported.
Mays led with his helmet on the hit that knocked Schaub’s helmet off, and the Texans’ signalcaller lost part of his ear on the play and was shaken up. He only missed one snap, though, before returning.
Schefter reported that Mays plans to appeal. The fifth-year veteran apologized to Schaub on the field after the game and again inside the stadium, according to The Denver Post. “I play fast,” Mays said. “I don’t want people to think I’m a dirty player or a headhunter or anything like that. I just play fast.”
Mays had three tackles in the loss.