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Joe Mays | Linebacker

Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Age / DOB:  (29) / 7/6/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 244
College: North Dakota State
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Chiefs placed ILB Joe Mays (wrist) on injured reserve/designated to return.
Mays is recovering from surgery after tearing a tendon in his wrist. He'll be eligible to return in Week 10. James-Michael Johnson and Josh Mauga will pick up the slack opposite Derrick Johnson while Mays recovers. Sep 2 - 5:14 PM

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Chiefs ILB Joe Mays (wrist) is expected to miss at least six weeks.

Mays, who was expected to replace Akeem Jordan as the two-down starter next to Derrick Johnson, tore a tendon in his wrist and needed surgery. It's likely we won't see him until after the Week 6 bye. Nico Johnson started the third preseason game next to Johnson, with James-Michael Johnson and Josh Mauga also expected to be in the mix until Mays returns.
Aug 27 - 8:17 AM

Chiefs ILB Joe Mays is undergoing surgery to repair a torn tendon in his wrist.

Mays suffered the injury in last week's preseason game against the Panthers. It is unclear when he will return. For now, he should be considered doubtful for Week 1. Mays is slotted in opposite Derrick Johnson. James-Michael Johnson is the next man up on the depth chart if Mays isn't ready for the opener.
Aug 21 - 4:36 PM

Chiefs signed ILB Joe Mays, formerly of the Texans, to a two-year, $6 million contract.

Mays, 29 in July, is a two-down run-stopping inside 'backer. He'll be given the first crack at the starting job next to ILB Derrick Johnson in the middle of the Chiefs' 3-4 defense, though second-year ILB Nico Johnson has a similar skill set. Mays registered 67 tackles in 13 starts for the Texans last season.
Mar 12 - 4:51 PM

ESPN's Adam Caplan reports the Chiefs are interested in free agent ILB Joe Mays.

Mays was released by the Broncos on the eve of training camp last summer, but was serviceable as a run stopper for the Texans. He spent the first two years of his career playing for Andy Reid in Philadelphia, so he has a Chiefs connection.
Mar 11 - 10:28 PM

Texans signed ILB Joe Mays, formerly of the Broncos.

Mays, 28, managed just 20 tackles across six games (four starts) in Denver last year, losing his starting job to washed-up Keith Brooking before suffering a severe leg and ankle fracture in late October. The Texans need depth at inside 'backer, but they're not going to like it if Mays is ever forced to start.
Mon, Jul 29, 2013 03:04:00 PM

The Sideline View's Adam Caplan reports the Texans have "sincere interest" in free agent ILB Joe Mays.

Per Caplan, there's a "realistic chance" the Texans make Mays a contract offer within the next 24 hours. Mays visited the Redskins on Saturday night, but left without a deal. The Texans are seemingly annually thin at inside linebacker.
Sun, Jul 28, 2013 06:55:00 PM

Free agent ILB Joe Mays will visit the Redskins.

Mays was cut by the Broncos on Tuesday. With Keenan Robinson tearing his pectoral, a spot at inside linebacker has opened up in Washington. Mays can be depth on early downs and help on special teams.
Fri, Jul 26, 2013 05:50:00 PM

Broncos released MLB Joe Mays.

Mays lost his starting job to current free agent Keith Brooking last year and wasn't going to beat out Nate Irving this year. By cutting the ex-Eagle one year into his three-year, $12 million contract, the Broncos save $3.5 million against the cap. Perhaps they'll use that cash to help fill the void left by Von Miller's impending four-game suspension. (John Abraham?) A two-down linebacker coming off a broken ankle and leg, Mays won't find a hot market.
Tue, Jul 23, 2013 12:29:00 PM

MLB Joe Mays is not expected to make the Broncos' final roster.

Mays lost his starting job last season, couldn't participate in full-team spring workouts due to a left ankle injury and is owed $4 million in base salary. The Broncos reportedly tried to trade him during April's draft. They'll likely continue that quest once training camp begins and injuries strike around the league.
Source: Denver Post
Wed, Jul 3, 2013 10:02:00 AM

Broncos MLB Joe Mays (broken ankle/leg) is not medically cleared for OTAs.

Mays is in grave danger of losing his roster spot. He's owed an untenable $4 million base salary, isn't healthy, and people inside the Broncos' organization want Nate Irving to start at middle linebacker. On day two of April's draft, NFL Network reported Mays was available for trade. Denver found no takers.
Mon, May 20, 2013 02:32:00 PM

NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah reports the Broncos have made ILB Joe Mays available via trade.

Mays, 28 in July, is due a $4 million salary in 2013, and he lost his starting job with the Broncos last season and then broke his ankle in Week 8. The two-down thumper could likely be had for a late-round pick. Mays will almost certainly be released if the Broncos can't unload him.
Sat, Apr 27, 2013 11:47:00 AM

The Denver Post suggests MLB Joe Mays will likely be released if the Broncos sign free agent LB Stewart Bradley.

It makes sense. Mays lost his starting job last season, and then broke his ankle in Week 8. He's also due a prohibitive $4 million salary. Bradley's signing seems likely. Mays is a two-down thumper.
Source: Denver Post
Wed, Mar 13, 2013 02:18:00 PM

Broncos MLB Joe Mays (ankle) recently had his boot removed and is aiming for a return to the field for OTAs.

"I should be just about there (for) OTAs," Mays said. "But definitely training camp." Mays broke his ankle in Week 8. He's due a $4 million salary in 2013 after losing his starting middle linebacker job to now-free agent Keith Brooking.
Sat, Feb 16, 2013 03:11:00 PM

Broncos placed LB Joe Mays (ankle) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Mays sustained a fracture while blocking on a punt return in Sunday night's win over the Saints. The $12 million middle linebacker had been relegated to special teams since losing his starting job to veteran Keith Brooking. Mays' third season in Denver ends with 20 tackles and a half-sack.
Tue, Oct 30, 2012 11:27:00 AM

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