Joe Mays' ban: Opinions vary

September, 26, 2012
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More fallout from the Joe Mays suspension:

Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton has some strong opinions on Mays, who was suspended one game for a nasty hit Sunday on Houston quarterback Matt Schaub. Tarkenton thinks Mays’ suspension should be much longer.

Wednesday, however, Denver defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson supported Mays, who is appealing the suspension.

“You’re taking away the aggression of a guy,” Vickerson said “To me, if (Schaub) wouldn’t have ducked his head, it would have been a clean hit. It still looked like a clean hit. But it was just the aggression with it and the violence of the hit. And that’s going to open eyes all around the league. At the same time, it’s a violent game we play. You can’t take away a guy’s aggression. It’s hard. On a defense, it’s real hard. At the same time, all we can do is try to clean it up and hit him in this little area that we have to hit. We can’t hit him too high; we can’t hit him too low. So just hit him in the chest.”

The Denver Post reports that Broncos coach John Fox wouldn't say who would start at middle linebacker Sunday against Oakland with Mays out, but the paper expects it to be Keith Brooking. Between the suspension and injury issues, Denver’s linebacking crew is going to be limited.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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