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John Fox: Broncos 'haven't given up' on LB Joe Mays

Despite losing his starting job, Broncos linebacker Joe Mays remains in the team's future plans.

Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Broncos linebacker Joe Mays keeps finding ways not to play. After serving a one-game suspension for the hit that removed part of Texans quarterback Matt Schaub's ear, Mays has played his way out of the starting lineup in Denver.

Despite being replaced by veteran Keith Brooking in Monday Night's 35-24 win over the San Diego Chargers, head coach John Fox insists that he and the organization "haven't give up" on the 27-year-old from North Dakota State. Whether the move to Brooking as the starter is permanent remains to be seen, but the team appears confident that Mays will be part of their future, saying they will "evaluate him moving forward."

The Broncos acquired Mays from the Philadelphia Eagles in the offseason in 2010 for running back J.J. Arrington. The middle linebacker has posted 135 tackles in his two-plus years in Denver, but has yet to create a turnover or record a full sack.