Denver Broncos linebacker Joe Mays received a one-game suspension and a $50,000 fine from the NFL for the hit that dislodged Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub’s helmet and took off a piece of Schaub’s ear.
Mays will appeal the fine and suspension. According to NFL rules, the appeal will be heard and decided before Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders.
Mays drew a roughing-the-passer penalty for the third-quarter hit on Schaub, who left the field with blood flowing from his ear and missed one play before returning. Schaub threw for four touchdowns in Houston’s 31-25 victory Sunday.
If Mays loses the appeal, he would not be able to practice with the Broncos this week or be at the team’s headquarters. Mays would be reinstated Monday.
When asked after the game if he expected to be fined, Mays said: “Oh yeah. I’m expecting that. But it was not my intention to do that.”
The NFL fined Mays $7,875 after Week 2 because Mays hit Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan late and in the head area after Ryan had slid to declare himself down. The play did not draw a penalty.
The Broncos are already missing starting linebacker D.J. Williams, who is serving a six-game suspension for violating the league’s banned-substance policy.
EX-COUG FRAMPTON SIGNS WITH DALLAS
Veteran safety Eric Frampton, who played at Washington State from 2003-2006, signed with the Dallas Cowboys, who needed help in the secondary after placing starter Barry Church on injured reserve.
Church ruptured his Achilles tendon in Sunday’s 16-10 victory over Tampa Bay.
Frampton has been primarily a special teams player in the NFL. In 76 career games the past five seasons, including all 16 games last year for Minnesota, Frampton had four tackles on defense – all in one game. He had 61 tackles on special teams.
Falcons defensive end John Abraham was “obviously intoxicated” when he was arrested after refusing to leave an area taped off by firefighters and police on Monday in Atlanta, according to the arresting officer. … The Bills released veteran punter Brian Moorman, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, and signed rookie Shawn Powell to replace him. … The Chiefs put cornerback Jacques Reeves on injured reserve because of a hamstring injury. … The Eagles signed two-time Pro Bowl punter Mat McBriar and released Chas Henry. … The Redskins plan to sign veteran running back Ryan Grant.