In Week 3's version of Sorting the Sunday Pile, I urged the NFL to consider suspensions for hits like the one Broncos linebacker Joe Mays put on Texans quarterback Matt Schaub. They obviously listened because Mays has been suspended one game by the league, CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora reports.
La Canfora also reports that Mays will appeal the one-game suspension. The league has confirmed Mays' suspension and also announced that he was fined $50,000 for the hit.
An appeal from Mays likely means that the linebacker plays on Sunday during Week 4's matchup against the Raiders.
Mays' hit on Schaub, as you can see above, pretty much ran the gauntlet in terms of being illegal by NFL standards. He led with his helmet, he went after a quarterback, he made helmet-to-helmet contact and he was clearly coming in a little late.
It didn't help matters that Mays' hit knocked off Schaub's helmet and ripped off part of his ear in the process.
The NFL is catching a lot of heat on Tuesday for the officiating debacle in the Packers-Seahawks game, but the league deserves credit for trying to drop the hammer on hits like the one Mays laid on Schaub.
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