DENVER – It didn’t take long after Broncos middle linebacker Joe Mays hit Houston quarterback Matt Schaub in the third quarter Sunday for Mays to know that a dreaded FedEx envelope would soon land in his locker, detailing the league’s punishment for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Schaub.
“Oh, yeah. I’m expecting that,” Mays said. “But it was definitely not my intention to do that. I’m just trying to play fast.”
Within a second of Mays’ hit on Schaub, not only did the quarterback’s helmet pop off as though it were a champagne cork, but a flag for roughing the passer did, as well. Schaub lost a piece of his ear, but returned after missing one play.
“He kind of ducked his head toward the end and it ended up being a helmet-to-helmet, so there’s nothing I can do about it, I can’t take it back,” Mays said. “I guess it’s on to the next game.”
But likely lighter in the wallet. Safety Rahim Moore was fined $21,000 for a hit on Pittsburgh’s Emmanuel Sanders two weeks ago, but that was his second fine in the last two years. Mays might not face the same level of fine, but he can expect a five-figure penalty.