Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 11/19/12

Ed Reed has always been known as an enforcer, routinely laying lumber on opposing receivers who dare cross the middle of the field.

Conversely, the Ravens' All-World safety has also been a target of the NFL, collecting a myriad of flags and fines over the years.

Now, with player safety at the forefront, the infractions have been taken a step further.

The NFL announced on Monday that Reed has been suspended one game for "repeated violations of the rule prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players."

"We cannot tolerate repeated violations of rules, especially rules related to player safety," NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Ray Anderson said, via NFL.com. "We will continue to take the strongest possible action to deter these types of violations and protect our players."

Reed, who was docked $21,000 in September for an illegal hit, delivered a huge, helmet-to-helmet blow to Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders during Baltimore's Week 11 win, drawing a 15-yard penalty and raucous boos from the Heinz Field crowd.

The future Hall of Famer is banned from practice this week and obviously cannot play in Sunday's game against the Chargers. He'll be reinstated on Monday, Nov. 26.

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