Joe Mays' ban upheld

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.