Ravens safety has been suspended for one game for repeat violations against the leagues policy against head blows to defenseless players. The suspension will cost Reed his game check of $423,529. The NFL has had a major crack down on these hits in past few years and has decided to make Reed an example.
Through out his career Ed Reed has never been associated with the "dirty player" label, as he is one of the friendlier players in the league. He often helps opponents up after tackling them and is seen chatting with several of friends around the league. He is one of the more likable and clean players in the NFL, which is why this suspension is so puzzling.
The NFL states this is Reeds third strike against the policy going back to the 2010 roughing the passer penalty against Drew Brees and early this season against former Patriots receiver Deion Branch. Sunday nights hit against Emmanuel Sanders was the last straw.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said he was shocked at the leagues ruling "I was very surprised, I didn't see that one coming."
ESPN Live's reporters also gave their insight on the suspension former player Tim Hasselback gave a strong opinion
"It's a joke. I feel bad for Ed Reed. I feel bad for the Baltimore Ravens." He continued on by saying " Ed Reed is getting a raw deal here and there is no question the Baltimore Ravens are getting a raw deal"
Eric Mangini also gave his opinion,
"The punishment does not match the crime."
It is a little puzzling to see the league go back to the 2010 season to show Reed has a history of head hits. Reed has made countless tackles in between the league's three highlighted hits, to pick those three over a three year span seems to be a reach by the league to make an example out of Reed.
Even the Steelers, the Ravens most heated rival has backed Reed in this instance. Safety Ryan Clark tweeted "Tough on Ed getting suspended. I can't say that I agree w that. It was a penalty but I don't believe he was intentionally trying to harm E."
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