Here is the release from the NFL on the suspension to Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed.
Safety ED REED of the Baltimore Ravens has been suspended without pay for one game for
repeated violations of the rule prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players.
The suspension was imposed by NFL Vice President of Football Operations MERTON HANKS.
Reed may not practice this week nor play in the Ravens’ game this Sunday against the San Diego
Chargers. He may not be at the team practice facility or stadium for any other activities during the
suspension. He will be reinstated on Monday, November 26.
Reed was penalized for unnecessary roughness in the third quarter of Sunday night’s game against
the Pittsburgh Steelers for a hit to the head and neck area of a defenseless receiver, EMMANUEL
It was Reed’s third violation in the past three seasons of the rules protecting defenseless players:
On September 23, 2012 against the New England Patriots, Reed was penalized for
unnecessary roughness and fined $21,000 for striking a defenseless player, wide receiver
DEION BRANCH, in the head and neck area.
On December 19, 2010 against the New Orleans Saints, Reed was penalized for roughing the
passer and fined $10,000 for unnecessarily striking the quarterback, DREW BREES, in the
head and neck area.
The 2012 Schedule of Fines, distributed to players as part of the “League Policies for Players”
manual, states: “Players who were fined for violations in 2010 or 2011, and whose fines were either
partially or fully upheld, will be considered second and/or repeat offenders under this policy.”
“We cannot tolerate repeated violations of rules, especially rules related to player safety,” said NFL
Executive Vice President of Football Operations RAY ANDERSON. “We will continue to take the
strongest possible action to deter these types of violations and protect our players.”
Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the suspension may be appealed within three business
days and an expedited hearing and decision would take place this week in advance of Sunday’s
game. Appeals are heard and decided by either ART SHELL or TED COTTRELL, the officers jointly
appointed and compensated by the NFL and NFLPA to decide appeals of on-field player discipline.
Reed is the second player suspended this season for violating rules designed to protect the safety of
players. Denver Broncos linebacker JOE MAYS was suspended for one game for an illegal hit
against a defenseless player