Last week Joe Mays laid a brutal and illegal hit on Matt Schaub, quarterback of the Houston Texans. On the hit, Mays made helmet to helmet contact with Schaub, launching Schaub’s helmet and part of his ear off his head. Fortunately for Schaub he was not shaken up for long and came back on to the field after only missing ONE play, which is a minor miracle if you watch the hit.
The NFL ruled that the hit was illegal, which it obviously was and Mays will be suspended without pay for this weeks game against Oakland. Along with the suspension he has also been fined $50,000. As much as I think that football has gotten soft over the years, there really is no place in the game for a hit like that, especially when Mays could have just as easily hit Schaub in the torso rather than his head. When you see a player go directly after a player’s head like Mays did, it makes the players’ worries of concussions much less powerful.