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Ed Reed was originally supposed to miss this weekend’s game against the San Diego Chargers due to violating the NFL’s violent it to the head policy. Which states that if a player has had at least three hits of this nature resulting in fines in three consecutive seasons they will receive a one game suspension. Reed appealed the one game suspension and ended up winning forcing the NFL to realize this rule was a little bit to harsh leaving him with just a 50K fine.Today during an interview with ESPN Reed discussed the matter indicating how absurd these fines and possible suspension he avoided was. The premise of his argument being that hitting is part of football and simply cannot be removed unless you want the sport banned all together. “It really needs to be discussed for a fine to come down like that so harshly for that hit, over my career and for them to go back to 2010 for me scratching Drew Brees on the head, even the one that happened in Week 2 with Michael Vick, c’mon, man. I’m going for the ball. It’s a contact sport.”“It is tackle football, it is a contact sport and a brutal one, a violent one at that, the No. 1 violent sport, sad to say.”“I know concussions has been a big thing. I’ve had concussions before, and I know guys are going to have concussions. If you want to stop it, stop the game. Like people say, it’s starting to be a flag football thing. I have a flag football tournament. We can make this a big thing if we want to, everybody can come get in my league.”I couldn’t agree more with Reed and am thrilled he came out and made these comments publicly allowing everyone to understand the mindset of a pro bowl hall of fame DB. I have been preaching for years that hitting is inherent within the sport; it simply cannot be regulated to the extent Goodell is attempting to.So many times players are just trying to complete hits without the intention of specifically targeting the head area. The game is played at such a rapid speed players being forced to make difficult decisions in under a second. Sometimes they are left but no choice to hit the head. It’s beyond absurd how Goodell is trying to eliminate this by going completely overboard with fines and suspensions. Sure nobody wants to see players injured but the bottom line is it’s part of the sport. Nobody is forcing the players to choose this career path; they all know this stepping on the field.Another main factor the change from Goodell in terms of enforcing head hits has to do with current and potential future law suits. With all these former players wanting payouts from the league claiming they didn’t inform them of the potential damage football creates on their brains later on in life it’s caused Goodell to try and cover the league’s ass. This way by instituting a tougher system against these kind of hits when lawsuits are brought infront of a judge to decide how much players should be paid out it provides them with a picture that indicates the league cares and is doing everything within their power to keep things as clean as possible. Enough with this BS Goodell we know your logic behind all this.At this point Reed is correct the only way to keep football “safe” and eliminate concussions is abolish the sport all together. Suck it up players and get in the game; or don’t!!! Simply do NOT step on the field if you can’t handle the risks. The NFL should force these players to sign waivers when they come into the league which eliminates any possible future lawsuit. Then Goodell won’t be forced into coming up with all these ***** rules in regards to the way players are getting hit.
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Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed will not be suspended for one game after all.
The future Hall-of-Fame veteran faced the penalty after being flagged for unnecessary roughness during Sunday’s game against the Steelers resulted in what looked like a third-and-final strike against him.
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The NFL initially suspended Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed for one game for his helmet-to-helmet hit during this past Sunday night’s game against the Steelers.
After appealing his suspension, the NFL has decided to reduce Reed’s suspension to a $50,000 fine instead of his entire game check of over $400,000.
On Monday afternoon, the NFL suspended him for one game for his third...
Left to walk after nine years by the Baltimore Ravens last offseason, San Diego Chargers linebacker Jarrett Jones has reason to stick it to his former club when the two teams meet on Sunday.
Yet even he felt the since-overturned one-game suspension against Ravens safety Ed Reed was extreme.
"I thought it was totally BS that they were going to suspend him without pay,"...
Baltimore Ravens FS Ed Reed will play against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday after his one-game suspension was reduced to a fine by the NFL. Reed was suspended for violating the league’s policy of hits on defenseless players.
“I do not believe that your actions were so egregious as to subject you to a one-game suspension without pay,” Ted Cottrell of the NFL’s appeal board...
Veteran Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed has been suspended by the NFL for one game after be flagged for an unnecessary roughness penalty in Sunday’s row with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Reed’s helmet-to-helmet collision with Steelers’ receiver Emmanuel Sanders was not the first time Reed has gotten in trouble for similar Hits. According to the NFL, [...]
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Judge: Please explain to the court what you saw.
Witness: Well, it was a pass play. Definitely a pass play. The quarterback threw it. The receiver caught it. He got hit and went down. Then a flag was thrown.
Judge: And the receiver was struck in the head by the defender?
Witness: That is correct.
Judge: And the defender led with his helmet and initiated contact with his helmet?
Baltimore safety Ed Reed won his appeal and will not be suspended for Sunday's game against San Diego.Fantasy Spin:His fine was also reduced to $50,000. The league disciplined Reed earlier in the week for an illegal hit he made against Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders Sunday in Pittsburgh.
The NFL has quite a conundrum going on with its attempts to make the game more safer, protect its shield, and still try to sell the general public on it being a great violent sports. Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed won the appeal of his 1 game suspension and fine, but still has a bone [...]
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With his one-game suspension for repeated illegal hits overturned, Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed expressed gratitude for arbitrator Ted Cottrell granting his appeal and to his organization and teammates for throwing their support behind him. Reed wasn't nearly as warm, though, about the fact that he was punished for what the league described as a pattern of helmet-to...
Ravens safety Ed Reed will be in the lineup after all Sunday as he appealed his one-game suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Pittsburgh's Emmanuel Sanders.
Reed was originally suspended for one week due to being a three-time offender of the rule, but on Tuesday, Ted Cottrell reduced Reed's punishment to a $50,000 fine.
In a letter to Reed, Cottrell said, I have...
The NFL suspended safety Ed Reed one game for his third offense of bad hits on defenseless receivers. Reed, like any player, exercised his right to appeal his suspension.
Well Reed won his appeal, according to reports.
In his hearing with Ted Cottrell, a former assistant coach, Reed stated his case and it was determined that Reed’s actions didn’t warrant a suspension. Instead...
When I found out Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed received a 1-game suspension for the "repeat offender" rule with illegal hits, I almost fell out of my chair. I couldn't believe the hit Reed put on Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders last Sunday night warranted a flag, let alone a fine or suspension. I did feel a little bit better when I found out Reed...
November 18, 2012; Pittsburgh , PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (88) catches a pass as he is hit by Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed (20) during the second half of the game at Heinz Field. The Ravens won the game, 13-10. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-US PRESSWIRE
Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed avoided a one-game suspension for his hit on Pittsburgh Steelers’...
Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed has avoided a one-game
suspension for late hits after an appeal. He instead will be fined
LaRon Landry admires the way Ed Reed plays football and, if perception is reality, often times gets himself wrapped up in similar debates about clean hits vs. illegal ones in the NFL.
Today, though, Reed's one-game suspension for a series of illegal hits was reduced to a $50,000 fine. Landry was understandably happy for him.
"I hear he got his suspension reduced, that...