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Denver Broncos middle linebacker Joe Mays (51) defensive tackle KevVickers(99) celebrate with defensive end Elvis Dumervil (92) after Dumervil sacked

Denver Broncos middle linebacker Joe Mays (51) and defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson (99) celebrate with defensive end Elvis Dumervil (92) after Dumervil sacked Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) in the end zone for a safety during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

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Updated: September 25, 2012 2:10PM



ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos linebacker Joe Mays will be suspended for one game and fined $50,000 by the NFL for his hit on Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub over the weekend.

Mays drew a roughing-the-passer penalty for his third-quarter hit on Schaub, who lost part of his earlobe when his helmet flew off in a 31-25 win Sunday.

As part of his suspension, Mays won’t practice with the Broncos this week or be at the team’s headquarters as they prepare for the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. He will be reinstated Monday.

Mays can appeal the suspension.

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.”

Mays is a fifth-year player from North Dakota State.

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