Ravens S Ed Reed Has One Game Suspension Reduced To $50,000 Fine

Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed had his appeal hearing today with former coach Ted Cottrell handling the appeal and multiple sources are now reporting that Cottrell reduced Reed\’s one-game suspension to only a $50,000 fine. Reed had been suspended by the league on Monday for one game without pay for repeated hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players.

“I have determined that your actions were egregious and warrant significant discipline. However, I do not believe that your actions were so egregious as to subject you to a one-game suspension without pay,” Cottrell wrote in a letter to Reed. “Player safety is the league\’s primary concern in the formation of playing rules and all players are expected to adhere to those rules or face disciplinary action. I hope in the future you will focus on ensuring that your play conforms to the rules.”

The latest hit by Reed came in the Sunday night game against the Pittsburgh Steelers when he was penalized for unnecessary roughness in the third quarter for a hit to the head of wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.

The previous two hits by Reed involving defenseless receivers came in 2010 and 2012.

Steelers linebacker James Harrison was suspended one game last season following his hit to the head of Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy. Harrison appealed his suspension but it was upheld.

It certainly appears that Reed got off with a slap on the hand here and it really doesn\’t make sense, regardless if players like Steelers safety Ryan Clark supports Reed. Clark took to Twitter on Monday in support of the Ravens safety.

“Tough on Ed getting suspended. I can\’t say that I agree w that. It was a penalty but I don\’t believe he was intentionally trying to harm E.”

  • Shannon Stephenson

    The figured out it happened in a Steeler game but it wasnt a Steeler so they had to reduce it. Only Steeler players get suspended for questionable hits.

  • Great news. That means he has to go to the West Coast and will not be able rest his battered body before we face him again the week after.

  • Matt Lipner

    Hopefully this is just the league favoring DBs over front 7 guys because QBs are more of sitting ducks than these agile, fast WRs..

    Or it could be an inexplicable league bias against the Steelers showing through again?

  • Brendon Glad

    Thank goodness. I could see the writing on the wall if that was worthy of taking his history to a suspension level. And they’d nail (& still probably will) nail one of our Steelers at a worse time. But that suspension was just a feeble attempt at a truce by the league office after YET ANOTHER game where the officiating was so biased against a steeler victory that they probably feared for people’s safety.

  • Jason White

    My biggest problem is Ed Reed intentional or not led with his helmet and made contact to the head of a defenseless receiver. He should be held to the same standard that Steelers players are held to. If that was Ryan Clark doing that not only would he have been suspended but the league would have laughed at his appeal. It took the NFL a whole 24 hours to overturn the suspension. The NFL needs to establish a standard for these punishments and unhold that standard no matter who the offender is. Ben takes hits and the refs are fine with it, other qbs take the same hits and the ref has his hand on the flag before contact is even made. They need to get consistent with their calls or stop making them.