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NFL suspends Ed Reed one game for repeated hits to head

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One of the greatest safeties in NFL history has hit too many opposing players in the head, too many times, according to the league.

The NFL announced today that Ravens safety Ed Reed has been suspended one game for repeated violations of the rules against hitting opposing players in the head and neck area. Unless he successfully appeals, he will sit out Sunday’s game at San Diego.

Reed was penalized for unnecessary roughness in the third quarter of Sunday night’s game against the Steelers for a hit to the head of Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders. That was Reed’s second violation of the rules against hits to defenseless receivers this year. He was fined $21,000 for a hit to Patriots receiver Deion Branch in September. Reed had also been fined $10,000 for a hit to Saints quarterback Drew Brees in 2010.

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

The NFL says it was V.P. of Football Operations Merton Hanks — a former NFL defensive back himself — who made the decision to suspend Reed.

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46 Responses to “NFL suspends Ed Reed one game for repeated hits to head”
  1. ottomanismydog says: Nov 19, 2012 4:09 PM

    Looks like Reed gets a week to rest before the next division game.

  2. guitarkevin says: Nov 19, 2012 4:09 PM

    That will give him a week to rest up for the second showdown vs the Steelers.

  3. atxpatfan says: Nov 19, 2012 4:10 PM

    Gee…thats a shocker.

  4. chilomane says: Nov 19, 2012 4:10 PM

    All Merton hanks did was that dumb chicken dance now he’s suspending Ed Reed for something that happens to fast to change.

  5. radtrigger says: Nov 19, 2012 4:10 PM

    Good suspension. Reed is a great player but he seems to be on something of a headhunting mission this year. Very strange.

  6. blackngold4life says: Nov 19, 2012 4:12 PM

    Wednesday kids got homecoming

  7. ccoolahan14 says: Nov 19, 2012 4:12 PM

    What a joke. He gets suspended for 3 hits in 3 years? Ryan Clark knocks himself out every single week. Where’s his suspension? Now Ravens will be playing without Reed, Lewis, Webb, Smith, potentially McPhee, potentially Cody. Thats 6 starters and 3 secondary players. And Suggs and Ngata are playing at 75%. This is a joke.

  8. joeytorontosucks says: Nov 19, 2012 4:13 PM

    what a sham

  9. blackngold4life says: Nov 19, 2012 4:13 PM

    Hmmmz

  10. knowerofallthings says: Nov 19, 2012 4:14 PM

    Ironic that at the end of his career when he avoids hits and tackles, he gets suspended for a hit. Oh well, take the week off and we’ll see you in Charm City for the rematch and another INT

  11. marvsleezy says: Nov 19, 2012 4:14 PM

    Guys like him said they wouldnt change the way they play the game – Thats fine, but there will be consequences – And here we are.

  12. valid1 says: Nov 19, 2012 4:14 PM

    Without malicious intent an on field penalty is enough of a punishment. It’s really disappointing that the NFL has to suspend someone because they don’t feel like enough points were scored in their primetime game. Awful decision.

  13. ilovefoolsball says: Nov 19, 2012 4:16 PM

    Good thing he didn’t have a bounty on those players or else he’d be looking at a year suspension.

    Oh wait I forgot, it’s worse to talk about doing mean stuff than to actually do them.

    Ok Roger, got it.

  14. shecklesmckenzie says: Nov 19, 2012 4:17 PM

    I wonder if James Harrison had anything to say to Emmanuel Sanders after Sanders begged for that flag to be thrown.

  15. ac540 says: Nov 19, 2012 4:17 PM

    Maybe if he agrees to put kevlar in his helmet like that headhunter Clark, he can play. Ridiculous.

  16. Stupid Raiders Fan says: Nov 19, 2012 4:17 PM

    They suspended Mays after his first offense.

    I think it’s a good punishment but again, no consistency by the league office of fines/suspensions

  17. peytonwantsaflag says: Nov 19, 2012 4:19 PM

    well isn’t that convenient – wonder what else Goodell and Rooney talked about during their phone call today.

  18. g3rshw1n says: Nov 19, 2012 4:22 PM

    Good riddance. The only complaint I have is that it wasn’t for more games.

  19. blackngold4life says: Nov 19, 2012 4:24 PM

    Clark’s hits are clean.. watch the tapes! hasent been suspended not once.. Quit cryin.. not the NFLs fault ya players are hurt. nothing to do with this topic. Deal with it.

  20. nattypoes says: Nov 19, 2012 4:25 PM

    What was he supposed to do? If you watch the play, Sanders helmet is falling forward, the only other thing to do is dive at his knees, which could result in a season ending injury.

    Defenders need to take a stand by showing the league what the alternative is… Go at their knees. How many ACLs will it take to teach the league that this is a contact sport and helmet to helmet collisions are inevitable.

  21. jr4real says: Nov 19, 2012 4:28 PM

    Playing San Diego he would have the week off anyway.

  22. Deb says: Nov 19, 2012 4:29 PM

    No … I’m a Steelers fan, but I don’t go along with this. No way. Flag bad hits on the field. If a hit is extremely out of line, then fine the player. But you suspend a player for head-hunting three times in a season, not three times in three years. That’s ridiculous.

    The only upside to this is that Harbaugh will never again claim his guys know where the strike zone is and will realize the league’s effort to neuter defenses has nothing to do with the quality of any specific team’s play.

  23. easternshoresfinest says: Nov 19, 2012 4:30 PM

    What a crock! Ed is not a head hunter.

  24. ravenator says: Nov 19, 2012 4:31 PM

    What a joke of a ruling. That hit was clean, helmets grazed each other cause Reed targeted the shoulder. Que the bitter steeler fans who now recognize all their hopes and dreams were crushed last night by Jacoby Jones. Cheers!

  25. ravenzfan98 says: Nov 19, 2012 4:37 PM

    well i guess this will be the new normal,I dont recall anybody else getting docked a game ..wonder if he loses the pay as well

  26. norseyapper says: Nov 19, 2012 4:40 PM

    Can’t agree with this penalty at all. Yes, there was some helmet to helmet contact but it didn’t look like he dropped his head to try and make that kind of contact. It looked like both players prepared for impact by bringing their shoulder pads up and the helmet to helmet contact was pretty much coincidental and as far as I could see unavoidable.

  27. vincentbojackson says: Nov 19, 2012 4:49 PM

    Ironic…some of the same people whining about this suspension were the same people applauding the James Harrison suspension for repeated violations.

    Can’t have it both ways hypocrites.

  28. dunnd4d4 says: Nov 19, 2012 4:54 PM

    The hit could not have been prevented. Sanders turned and ducked his head as reed was already in motion. There should not be a suspension because there was NO intent to go helmet to helmet. The difference in Harrison is he controls how he hits the QB who is barely moving.

  29. bucsfan5000 says: Nov 19, 2012 4:55 PM

    He’d be suspended for the rest of the season for hitting Brady or Peyton in the head.

  30. getyourownname says: Nov 19, 2012 5:01 PM

    vincentbojackson says:
    Nov 19, 2012 4:49 PM
    Ironic…some of the same people whining about this suspension were the same people applauding the James Harrison suspension for repeated violations. Can’t have it both ways hypocrites.

    *************************
    Harrison was clearly aiming at the head. Reed clearly was not (at least last night); if he had been, you would be right.

  31. readysethike says: Nov 19, 2012 5:09 PM

    unbelievable Ed would get suspended for this. if thats the case, i expect an article on Pollard getting fined for his hit on cothchery. it was a clean hit, but they’ll probably fine him for hitting to hard

  32. supremekingz says: Nov 19, 2012 5:19 PM

    Ed Reed is one of the game’s best safeties! He’s someone that everyone enjoys watching and I don’t think he’s a dirty player at all. I really don’t know how the Player’s Union screwed up in that last round of negotiations and allowed Goodell Castro to keep the gavel.

    A 15 yard penalty and automatic first down is penalty enough!!!!

  33. tindeaux says: Nov 19, 2012 5:23 PM

    most of the defensive guys played with the mentality of lower the helmet and hit the offensive players. time changes… so they (the defensive guys) need to adjust or else… take a sit!

  34. lockoftheweak says: Nov 19, 2012 5:38 PM

    That is a $425,000.00 game check (approx).

  35. totallyuselessme says: Nov 19, 2012 5:43 PM

    This is stupid.

    Ed Reed is not a dirty player.

  36. thetooloftools says: Nov 19, 2012 5:43 PM

    WOW, suspending him against San Diego. Boy.. that is really dropping the hammer. He’ll only miss the game check. San Diego can’t get out of their own way.

  37. drew05 says: Nov 19, 2012 6:15 PM

    Watch the game against Philadelphia…Reed was diving at players knees.

    He missed McCoy and took out Jason Kelce for the season…nasty ACL tear.

    Does anyone in the NFL know how to tackle? Did Asante Samuel start up a school for defenders or what?

  38. justintuckrule says: Nov 19, 2012 6:44 PM

    National Fairy League.

  39. w1thinreason says: Nov 19, 2012 6:45 PM

    This is a joke. Big hits used to be the greatest plays to enjoy as a fan and a defensive player. Now, you can’t celebrate a big hit because you have to look around for a flag immediately afterwards. This is a huge hit to the quality of play and.entertainment in the NFL.

    Why is there a ridiculous assumption that a physical game played for millions should be without risk? Countless Americans work more dangerous jobs for far less pay. I don’t see anyone coming in to “save” those coal miners from going underground. This is all part of the NFL being a “product”, Goodell being a profit-above-all-else businessman and pandering to paternalistic liberal politicians who think they need to “protect” everyone from themselves.

    People need to get over this darn idea that we all need to be forced to live “safely”.

  40. steelersnlakers says: Nov 19, 2012 6:48 PM

    I hate Ed Reed. I wish he played for the Steelers.

  41. swagger52 says: Nov 19, 2012 6:52 PM

    Merton must have spent too much money with the Refs throwing games for the Steelers. That didn’t work, so he decided to take matters into his own hands and suspect the Ravens best players.

  42. rocketcrab says: Nov 19, 2012 6:55 PM

    Ed Reed has made a living avoiding contact. That hit last night was unavoidable. I hope he appeals. This is just plain dumb.

  43. doublezero74 says: Nov 19, 2012 7:42 PM

    Hahahahahaha

  44. w1thinreason says: Nov 19, 2012 7:48 PM

    Remember when it used to be up to the QB to avoid “hanging his WR out to dry”? Those days are long gone. #NFLglorydays

  45. bmore44 says: Nov 20, 2012 6:37 AM

    If I was a receiver ,I would catch the ball and turn put my head down. You will get helmet to helmet call every play. No way a defense player can adjust going that fast.

  46. ragingyinzer says: Nov 20, 2012 10:24 AM

    Ed Reed is a headhunter and got less than he deserved. He should be thankful.

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