Joe Mays' ban upheld

September, 27, 2012
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As expected, Denver linebacker Joe Mays will not play Sunday against visiting Oakland.

Denver coach John Fox told reporters Thursday that Mays’ suspension was upheld after his appeal. He was suspended a game and fined $50,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Houston quarterback Matt Schaub on Sunday. Schaub later said he lost a piece of his ear on the hit.

Expect Keith Brooking and rookie Danny Trevathan to play a lot in Mays' absence.

In other AFC West news:

There are several former AFC West players among the preliminary nominees for election into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013.

I’ve been asked a lot if the Raiders would be interested in Kellen Winslow Jr. now that he has been cut by New England. I don’t think so. Oakland has had multiple chances to get him this year, and the Raiders have bypassed those chances. With Brandon Myers looking good, I don’t think the Raiders would turn to Winslow now.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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