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," Jones told reporters on a conference call at the Ravens' training facility this week. "It would have been pretty good break for us. I thought the suspension was ridiculous."
The suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit delivered to Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders would have cost Reed a game check (about $423,000) before it was converted to a $50,000 fine on Tuesday. The original penalty would have also robbed the Ravens of the All-Pro safety in a secondary that has already lost Lardarius Webb (torn ACL) and Jimmy Smith (groin surgery).
This was the NFL's way of sending a message on player safety even if ...