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Report: Reed unlikely to be suspended

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The Ravens fear that the NFL will try again to suspend safety Ed Reed, after his fourth illegal hit on a defenseless receiver in three seasons.

Ian Rapaport of NFL Network reports that’s unlikely to happen.

According to Rapaport, a fine is probable for Reed’s fourth-quarter hit on Giants receiver Victor Cruz.  However, the situation is still under review.

If the NFL doesn’t try to suspend Reed for yet another illegal hit after he was fined $50,000 for his third one in three seasons, it suggests that the league believes based on the decision by Ted Cottrell to overturn the last suspension that a suspension wouldn’t stick this time, either.  The fact that the suspension was quickly overturned made the NFL look wishy-washy, even though the appeal is handled via an independent process.

There’s a perception that the Commissioner has full power over player discipline, and that perception becomes unfortunate in the rare situations when he doesn’t, and when his position fails via the appeal process.  Especially when the appeal is expedited and the decision to throw out the suspension comes only one day after the suspension was imposed.

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44 Responses to “Report: Reed unlikely to be suspended”
  1. steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says: Dec 24, 2012 2:09 PM

    Goodell is ruining professional football. He has never looked out for game’s best interest. He’s a politician, only concerned with profits and expansion.

  2. ravenmuscle says: Dec 24, 2012 2:14 PM

    Reed never led with his helmit…he led with his shoulder and hit the other guys shoulder and Cruz’s head hit the other Raven coming from the other direction. Not even close to being helmit to helmit.

  3. tmac4454 says: Dec 24, 2012 2:19 PM

    I have to say this..The ref’s should be fined for throwing flags on a legal play. I am very tired of watching the offense get all the calls b/c the defense delivers vicious hits like the one I saw last night on Vernon Davis via Chancellor. Both Reid and Chancellor hits was legal and both got flagged. This is BS…
    I like to give a shout out to the Saints for letting the media know that Dallas is not all that. Quit hyping Jenny Jones and his Cinderellas like they are SB contingency.

  4. ravenator says: Dec 24, 2012 2:20 PM

    Why would he be, it was a perfectly clean hit. Shouldn’t of been flagged in the first place.

  5. gadzod says: Dec 24, 2012 2:22 PM

    Good, because the hit was 110% legal and clean anyway.

  6. pattyarbuccholz says: Dec 24, 2012 2:22 PM

    Now that I actually read the headline correctly, it’s “unlikely” he’ll be suspended. Ok, that’s better.

  7. djstat says: Dec 24, 2012 2:22 PM

    Reed did not deserve a suspension last time and certainly does not deserve one for this. He led with his shoulder. and lowered his body to hit Cruz’s chest. He did not use his head as a weapon. This game is becoming sissified.

  8. rjguerra says: Dec 24, 2012 2:23 PM

    Good. It wasn’t a malicious hit anyway. Let them play the game.

  9. thebigtexas says: Dec 24, 2012 2:30 PM

    He shouldn’t be suspended anyway. It was a clean hit and it shouldn’t have been flagged. It was like the hit on Vernon Davis last night. The game is tossing too many flags, and in this instance, the league will look at it and realize he put his shoulder right between Cruz’s numbers. The helmets didn’t even touch.

  10. legeisyaj says: Dec 24, 2012 2:34 PM

    Yeah let’s just let a guy who continues to make illegal hits play without anything but an insignificant financial penalty.

  11. knowerofallthings says: Dec 24, 2012 2:35 PM

    There was nothing wrong with his hit on Cruz; terrible call. Good play Ed!

  12. ravensgrl says: Dec 24, 2012 2:37 PM

    Perhaps the league will choose not to suspend him based on reviewing the film of the actual hit, and seeing that he led with his shoulder…

  13. ravensallday2012 says: Dec 24, 2012 2:38 PM

    Was a terrible call to begin with. But there were blown calls both ways all game

  14. jimthebuilder27 says: Dec 24, 2012 2:38 PM

    Roger Goodell is just grasping at straws. The decision by Tagliabue has weakened him significantly, he just won’t admit it.

  15. bigbadal21 says: Dec 24, 2012 2:39 PM

    The fact that Reed did it again just shows you that the first suspension should have been upheld. Your reasoning that they will not suspend this time makes no sense.

  16. hodaghunter says: Dec 24, 2012 2:40 PM

    Am I the only one that saw that play and thought it was as clean as you could make it? Reed’s shoulder connects with Cruz’s chest… I don’t see anything illegal about it.

  17. tigershark49 says: Dec 24, 2012 2:41 PM

    The league is in a tough spot stuck between trying to find a way to ensure player safety and keeping players happy with the hits the can deliver. It makes the concussion lawsuit look like a joke!

  18. watermelon1 says: Dec 24, 2012 2:43 PM

    It’s been speculated that this was going to be Reed’s last year, simply because he was just finally too sick and tired of a impotent offense screwing him over.

    The silver lining for a suspension that included a playoff game, would be that it probably ends up getting Reed to play at least one more season. There’s no way he would want to end his career sitting out the last game due to a suspension.

  19. gforce90 says: Dec 24, 2012 2:55 PM

    The penalty on Reed was total nonsense. Everyone should see the hit before judging. One of the worst calls of the year!

  20. guitarkevin says: Dec 24, 2012 2:57 PM

    I understand it was a hit to the head, but it was the shoulder, not helmet, that made contact. If the league wants to get ticky tacky, they are going to lose a lot of fans.

  21. tigershark49 says: Dec 24, 2012 3:07 PM

    they

  22. decimusprime says: Dec 24, 2012 3:11 PM

    I saw that hit and there was nothing illegal about it. shoulders in the chest caused the receivers head to snap forward and give the illusion on the field that helmet to helmet happened. If anything the league is “head hunting” in this respect and they need to let them play. Same thing with the hit Davis took in the 9′rs game. Both were brutal but leagal hits.

  23. mumakata says: Dec 24, 2012 3:15 PM

    Look, if the hit was illegal and worthy I the fine, pay the fine. If it’s worthy if a suspension, do the suspension and learn from it. Quit being a baby and take responsibilities for your actions like a grown man.

  24. ravenseattheirownpoop says: Dec 24, 2012 3:17 PM

    Ed Reed is a cheap shot artist. He’s afraid to tackle anyone head on but will smash a guy when he isn’t looking.

  25. baltimoresnativeson says: Dec 24, 2012 3:17 PM

    Shouldnt be fined either, led with shoulder, didn’t make contact with head

  26. tomahawk12 says: Dec 24, 2012 3:26 PM

    If he is fined, it was once again illegal. Why are some players suspended and others continue to be given a pass time and time again? Those that have been suspended have a legitimate gripe!

  27. mrmidevil says: Dec 24, 2012 3:35 PM

    What a double standard….. The nfl suspends players for less. Look at harrison, they made him the poster child of illegal hits. Reed continues to play this way and refuses to alter his style. Guess the threat of suspension and fine worked earlier this year, what a joke!

  28. ampats says: Dec 24, 2012 3:49 PM

    It was a clean hit as was the one on Vernon Davis.

    The flags being thrown for good hits are out of control. I have watched the NFL for close to 50 years and can truly say these rules are ruining the game. At this rate in the next ten years , the NFL will become 2 hand touch.

    Ed Reed is a great player who plays the game the way it was meant to be played.

    I understand his contract is up at the end of the season and I know a hooded HC that loves him some Ed Reed.

  29. nyjets1017 says: Dec 24, 2012 4:53 PM

    This is further proof godell is only about money. You can’t even touch a Wr or Qb without laundry coming out on the play, it’s all to protect the invests on the highest paid players. Why do you think the lineman can cheap shot and take legs out? No one cares about them

  30. tfoz5150 says: Dec 24, 2012 5:21 PM

    Ask Jason Kelce what he thinks about Reed’s play.

  31. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 24, 2012 5:36 PM

    I don’t see how any one would dare call a penalty on the ravens? Just ask their unbiased fans they never commit penalties do they?( the bobble heads nod)… Really?

  32. ravenunitas says: Dec 24, 2012 5:58 PM

    Ed Reed is a cheap shot artist. He’s afraid to tackle anyone head on but will smash a guy when he isn’t looking.

    ======================================says the guy that has a whole team of headhunters,,,ala Clark.

  33. orivar says: Dec 24, 2012 6:23 PM

    I like to give a shout out to the Saints for letting the media know that Dallas is not all that.
    —————————————————-

    While I also can’t stand how the media hypes Dallas 24/7, whether the season is in contention or not, the Saints didn’t show much. Romo said that they still have a chance as long as they’re down two scores. Guess what the Saints did? Prove that they still have a chance as long as they’re down two scores.

    All the Saints did was gave Romo’s statement some validity and I’m an Eagles fan.

  34. realdealsteel says: Dec 24, 2012 6:45 PM

    Why is Ed Reed allowed to go and give head shots and everyone else is fined and suspended? You can catch him giving someone a forearm head shot in every game this season.

  35. whodeydaytonchapter says: Dec 24, 2012 8:08 PM

    if they are going to suspend him a game you would think the Ravens would want it this week when the game doesn’t mean anything

  36. melikefootball says: Dec 24, 2012 8:23 PM

    Should surprise no one after all he plays in Baltimore.

  37. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 24, 2012 8:51 PM

    After reading all the posts I can’t understand why people think that raven fans are such homers. They make a lot of very logical arguments like : if it goes against the ravens it’s wrong and if its in the ravens favor it must be right. I mean how can anyone not see the beauty in this simple logic…priceless.

  38. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 24, 2012 8:57 PM

    guitarkevin says:
    Dec 24, 2012 2:57 PM
    I understand it was a hit to the head, but it was the shoulder, not helmet, that made contact. If the league wants to get ticky tacky, they are going to lose a lot of fans.

    Please Kevin tell me were going to lose you please! Oh we’ll one can always hope. Merry Christmas you blatant raven homer. Objectivity is buried somewhere in Baltimore. Any one know where?

  39. theawesomersfranchise says: Dec 24, 2012 9:00 PM

    Good luck finding suitable NFL players in 20 years, after parents across America ban their kids from playing football.

    Oh yes you will have a few hundred maybe even a 1000 kids coming up ready to play Pro….
    Of course all the best athletes will be playing in the NBA and MLB.

    How’s this reality sound NFL fans?
    Ohhhh you cry about Goodell and really have no clue what you’re talking about.

    You don’t see youth football #’s taking a nose dive do you?

    Hmmmmm what are America’s best young athletes going to focus on, these special case athletes who have the genetics and drive to become a Pro in which ever sport they focus on…
    Will it be
    Non guaranteed contracts with the chance of crippling injury and concussions? With a career length of 7-10 years?
    Or make more money, with little chance of injury and play for 15 years in the NBA or MLB.
    Hmmm tough choice

    I guess many of you never considered that if parents are starting to forbid football for their kids it won’t eventually effect the Pros….

  40. mazblast says: Dec 25, 2012 4:19 AM

    I doubt that there would have been a penalty, let alone a fine and/or suspension, had it not been against Goodell’s beloved Giants.

    Roger Goodell’s ambition appears to be to become the second coming of David Stern, handing out “justice” and indications of who he prefers to see winning like an emperor.

  41. bucfan4lyfe says: Dec 25, 2012 12:54 PM

    He shouldn’t be. That hit was legit & legal.

  42. marcrayray says: Dec 25, 2012 11:39 PM

    All helmet to helmet hits should be reviewed, as turnovers and scores are. it just happens too fast to get it right each time.

  43. swagger52 says: Dec 26, 2012 10:07 AM

    When has Ed Reed or Ray Lewis knocked somebody out of a game? Never…When you make a legal hit, that doesn’t happen even if it is a hard hit.

    What other teams make illegal hits that knock players out of games, but never even get flagged? Answer: James Harrison, Ryan Clark – Steelers, Patriots

    What team gets flagged and fined and it shouldn’t have even a penalty? Ravens

    How about Tom Coughlin throwing the flag on a non-reviewable call and nothing happening? Could Harbaugh get away with that? No

    The double standard in the league, and the “real” refs throwing games needs to be addressed – not Ed Reed.

  44. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 26, 2012 10:48 AM

    swagger52 says:
    Dec 26, 2012 10:07 AM
    When has Ed Reed or Ray Lewis knocked somebody out of a game? Never…When you make a legal hit, that doesn’t happen even if it is a hard hit.

    What other teams make illegal hits that knock players out of games, but never even get flagged? Answer: James Harrison, Ryan Clark – Steelers, Patriots

    What team gets flagged and fined and it shouldn’t have even a penalty? Ravens

    How about Tom Coughlin throwing the flag on a non-reviewable call and nothing happening? Could Harbaugh get away with that? No

    The double standard in the league, and the “real” refs throwing games needs to be addressed – not Ed Reed.

    0 0 Dude, it’s ok to take off the purple blinders every now and then to see the world objectively…such a blatant homer….cry a little.

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