Denver Broncos linebacker Joe Mays (Photo Courtesy: Getty Images)
An eye for an eye.
An ear for a suspension?
That's what it boils down to anyway after the NFL suspended Denver Broncos LB Joe Mays on Tuesday and fined him $50,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Houston Texans QB Matt Schaub on Sunday. The blow, which knocked Schaub's helmet off, left him bloodied and missing a small piece of his left earlobe.
The league ruled Mays hit Schaub while he was in a defenseless position as he followed through on a pass.
Mays, who has the right to appeal, is barred from the Broncos facility this week and will miss Sunday's home game against the Oakland Raiders. Barring an appeal, he will be reinstated Monday.
The Broncos are already without LB D.J. Williams, who's in the middle of a six-game ban for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs and could lose more time for an alcohol-related arrest while he was driving.