BALTIMORE - SEPTEMBER 27: Ed Reed #20 of the Baltimore Ravens defends against the Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium on September 27, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Browns 34-3. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
NEW YORK — Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed was fined $55,000 by the NFL for his high hit on the New York Giants’ Victor Cruz last weekend.
Reed struck the wide receiver in the head and neck area, and was penalized for the hit in the game. He had a one-game suspension for several helmet-to-helmet hits reduced to a $50,000 fine last month.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh was asked if Reed’s punishment fit the penalty he was called for. Replays showed Reed lower his shoulder into Cruz, connecting first with his chest. Reed’s shoulder then made contact with Cruz’s facemask, which drew the 15-yard penalty.
“The system is not perfect, although the motivation is correct and the idea is right,” Harbaugh said. “It’s still a work in progress. I know our guys are doing everything they can, and I’m proud of our guys, to try to play within the rules and respect player safety.
“Sometimes it’s easier said than done, but they are doing their best.”
Reed wasn’t available for comment in the Ravens’ locker room Friday, but has opposed his previous fines in the past.
“I just play the game,” Reed said Thursday. “I’ll let (the NFL) make those decisions.”
Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher also was fined $10,000 for a chop block against the Giants.