Report: Ed Reed Suspended One Game for Violating Player Safety Rules
Per a tweet from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Baltimore Ravens safety has been suspended one game for hits to the head and neck area of other players:
Per Spotrac.com, Reed is scheduled to earn $7.2 million this year, which equates to $450,000 per game. Reed, known for his punishing hits on players, was penalized for a hit on a defenseless receiver Sunday night for hitting the head and neck area of Pittsburgh Steelers receiver, Emmanuel Sanders. Reed did not appear to be intentionally spearing Sanders in the head, but the helmet-to-helmet contact was clear and an obvious violation of player safety rules. This is Reed’s third violation over the last three seasons, and according to the NFL’s 2010 schedule of fines, violations in these years are assessed and considered as repeat offenses. He was fined $21,000 in September 2012 for his hit on New England Patriots receiver Deion Branch, and previously in December 2010, for roughing the passer against New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
It was not immediately clearly whether Reed would appeal. If he appeals, under the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, the appeal will be heard by either Art Shell or Ted Contrell.