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NFL fines Ed Reed $55,000

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The good news for Ravens safety Ed Reed is that he wasn’t suspended for a hit on Giants receiver Victor Cruz, as the team feared he could be. The bad news is that the hit was costly.

Reed was fined $55,000 by the NFL for that hit, Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports.

Last month, the NFL handed Reed a one-game suspension for an illegal hit, which the league office said was the third time Reed had committed an illegal blow to an opposing player’s head. But Reed appealed that suspension and won, with his punishment being reduced to a $50,000 fine.

This time, the NFL apparently decided not to try for a suspension for Reed’s hit on Cruz in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game. But this time the fine is even more costly.

As costly as it is, however, a $55,000 fine is a lot better than a suspension. And despite another illegal hit, Reed has avoided a suspension.

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  1. bigbaldpapahawk says: Dec 27, 2012 8:10 PM

    Pete Carroll must have had something to do with this!

  2. darkglobe1 says: Dec 27, 2012 8:10 PM

    a dirty player on a dirty team.

  3. hookem6903 says: Dec 27, 2012 8:10 PM

    Wow, you’ve got to be kidding me. No wonder Ed Reed contemplates retirement every offseason. I’m all for player safety, but this was not a bad hit.

  4. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Dec 27, 2012 8:11 PM

    dirty player

  5. rr2000k says: Dec 27, 2012 8:11 PM

    Thank god the NFL has put a stop to shoulder to shoulder hits…..sarcasm.

  6. gadzod says: Dec 27, 2012 8:11 PM

    For what? He hit him with his shoulder in Cruz’s chest! So, it’s now illegal to hit people legally? I have no horse in the matter, I’m a Bills fan. All I seen was a great hit that jarred the ball loose! Even the announcers said it. What a joke.

  7. RussianBreadMaker says: Dec 27, 2012 8:11 PM

    Impeach Roger Goddell.

  8. helloanybodyhome says: Dec 27, 2012 8:11 PM

    Shocked…shocked I say.
    He”s not known as a dirty player.

    But would like him on my team in his prime.

  9. nyjets1017 says: Dec 27, 2012 8:11 PM

    55,000 for a clean hit is a real shame

  10. steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says: Dec 27, 2012 8:12 PM

    HAHA

  11. timmons94 says: Dec 27, 2012 8:13 PM

    shocker…cheap shots and Ed Reed go hand in hand like Ravens and playoff gag jobs…
    Enjoy 1 more week of football little Ravenator, then back to your pathetic life at Mc Donalds and parents basement

  12. krisp says: Dec 27, 2012 8:13 PM

    One more hit… old man Reed will break into pieces.. Why can’t this old f*** learn how to tackle

  13. pantsfreezone says: Dec 27, 2012 8:14 PM

    Illegal hits are bogus. You can’t ask someone going at full speed to “aim” the hit. If the receiver changes levels the DB can’t do anything.

    I have watched football since 1983 and this is the first year I’ve stopped enjoying the sport and watched less than a quarter of the games available. Horrible, horrible product on the field now.

    Just change the name to the National Fine League or National Football League already.

  14. mikealstott says: Dec 27, 2012 8:16 PM

    Ed Reed is not going to stop laying out receivers. He is old school. The NFL has changed and Ed Reed is holding onto “the good old days” when giving a receiver a concussion got you a highlight on ESPN and a nice bonus from the team. Now, you still get on ESPN but it costs $50 Gs…

  15. tedmurph says: Dec 27, 2012 8:21 PM

    Looking forward to Reed’s retirement, when the ravens make their inevitable early exit. Great player who is at the age where he’s always hurt, who’s lost his speed and is doing it on guts and savy alone(like Polomalu) and the way he plays the game(admirable though it may be) has passed him by.

  16. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Dec 27, 2012 8:21 PM

    Iam a GIANTS fan the hit was clean (shoulder) and at a slow rate of speed, football has become over litigated just like everything else ! 55 large for a shoulder to upper body hit ,,what is going on,,, is there fiscal cliff in the nfl ?

  17. bigbluenationdb says: Dec 27, 2012 8:21 PM

    People blaming Goddell must not realize he doesn’t hand out the fines. It is handle by a former NFL player.

  18. pantsfreezone says: Dec 27, 2012 8:23 PM

    Haha, disgust makes me dumb. That last part of my comment should have been “National Flag League”.

  19. rockthered1286 says: Dec 27, 2012 8:27 PM

    Steeler fans who will be sitting on the couch watching Ravens in the playoffs for the 5th consecutive year while their team is already booking tee times due to their “elite” QB blowing back to back games single handedly… Lol thanks for the trolling fellas! Keep talking about how many rings your team has and ill keep reminding you how terrible they are NOW.

  20. opbilly says: Dec 27, 2012 8:28 PM

    so the guy catches the ball right in front of reed, who(reed) then uses a textbook tackle with his shoulder between the numbers and he gets fined for it because the back judge who was thirty feet away throws a flag while neither ref near the play throws a flag??? this league is getting to be a joke! they seen intent on blaming the players for the lack of good referrees. and any who want to criticize reed, watch the replay before you take shots.

  21. matthewcarlson1 says: Dec 27, 2012 8:29 PM

    The fines are clearly working well. That’s why there’s more and more every week, because its working.

  22. pick6ftw says: Dec 27, 2012 8:29 PM

    Doesn’t matter who refs the games, the product will continue to deteriorate as long as Lord Roger is presiding over it.

  23. dbama says: Dec 27, 2012 8:31 PM

    Que the steeler fans and their juvenile hatred. You have to admit that we all agree the NFL is going to lose fans with going after defenders who still play defense. Perhaps if Ed “swept the leg” and took out Cruz’s acl there would be peace on earth and Ed would have 55 large in his wallet for the strip club this weekend. Pathetic.

  24. ravensdominate says: Dec 27, 2012 8:33 PM

    Wow really?! National Flag football League…

  25. ravensfansc says: Dec 27, 2012 8:39 PM

    Funny to see all the steeler fans whine as they watch the Ravens for the 5th consecutive trip to the playoffs while the Steelers’ “elite” qb threw two picks that ended any chances of that pathetic team going anywhere

  26. tedmurph says: Dec 27, 2012 8:45 PM

    Keep talking about how many rings your team has and ill keep reminding you how terrible they are NOW.

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    Seems more important to the worst fans in sports(ravens fans) that the steelers lose. What have the ravens won in the last 11 yrs? Where do you think they’re going this year? Great, backed into the playoffs. Watch what happens next(not a steelers fan).

  27. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Dec 27, 2012 8:55 PM

    Steeler fan here, who dislikes the Ravens: first off, that was a clean hit. Secondly, a $55K fine is just too freaking high even if it was out of line – which it wasn’t. Goodell is a power-mad fool ruining the game.

  28. pens5829 says: Dec 27, 2012 8:57 PM

    ravensfansc says: Dec 27, 2012 8:39 PM

    Funny to see all the steeler fans whine as they watch the Ravens for the 5th consecutive trip to the playoffs while the Steelers’ “elite” qb threw two picks that ended any chances of that pathetic team going anywhere
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    Right? You should be happy the Steelers didn’t make it in this year. They’d just start their 3rd string, 38 yr old QB again and expose the Ravens for what they really are. Pretenders. Keep hoping and enjoy that one and done.

  29. rashardmendenballs says: Dec 27, 2012 8:59 PM

    All you chumps need to watch the replay before you take a shot at Reed. The replay clearly shows Cruz catching the ball, and then lowering his head and to embrace the contact. By doing this action, Cruz lowered his helmet position by 4-6 inches which then causes Reeds shoulder to make contact Cruz’s chin.

    Basically this was a “bang bang” type of play or hit. For those are that actually played (you actually started) high school football know how hard it is to adjust and re-position your body when going all out and making a tackle on the offensive player. At the NFL level with the insane amount of speed that is on the field, i can only imagine how difficult it is for the defenders to make these twitch like adjustments while trying to tackle or hit someone.

    There was clearly no intent with Reed aiming for his helmet and he was actually tackling with his shoulder first and not with his head. If Cruz did not lower his head to embrace the contact, we would not be talking about this stupid fine.

    My thoughts on the all of he unnecessary fines from the NFL: SLAP THE FLAGS ON THE BOYS AND CALL IT DAY.

  30. bubblehead22 says: Dec 27, 2012 9:05 PM

    Ravens, the most overrated team in sports, worse than Dallas. Looking forward to the first round bounce and the murderer’s retirement.

  31. ddogdaddy says: Dec 27, 2012 9:08 PM

    Ed,
    Please take your anger out on someone this week but not the following week.
    Signed,
    Colts Fan

  32. salventuri says: Dec 27, 2012 9:10 PM

    These absurd fines are going too far. These guys are playing football, people get hit in this game. Sometimes its tough not to hit someone in the wrong fashion. $55,000? Ridiculous.

  33. darkglobe1 says: Dec 27, 2012 9:11 PM

    No surprise. When a team embraces a locker room full of criminals, stuff like this happens. It is no wonder they don’t win championships.

  34. dbama says: Dec 27, 2012 9:14 PM

    Fear the steelers! Watching the playoffs on the tube! Fear I tell ya!

  35. azdesertdweller says: Dec 27, 2012 9:14 PM

    Wow. Reed was shafted on this one. That was a great – legal – hit.

    Silly NFL, they should just play two hand touch from now on.

  36. tommyribs says: Dec 27, 2012 9:14 PM

    Big-time GIANTS fan and Big-time Cruz fan here.

    Reed nailed Cruz, but the hit was legal, and there was nothing dirty about it.

    If he put a dirty hit on him, Cruz would not have finished the game, and probably wouldn’t play this week either.

  37. gcsuk says: Dec 27, 2012 9:17 PM

    gadzod says:
    Dec 27, 2012 8:11 PM
    For what? He hit him with his shoulder in Cruz’s chest! So, it’s now illegal to hit people legally? I have no horse in the matter, I’m a Bills fan. All I seen was a great hit that jarred the ball loose! Even the announcers said it. What a joke.
    ———————————————————

    Sorry, but HAD to thumbs down this comment. “I have no horse in the matter”? What does that even mean? If you’re going to use a cliche, man, then please get it right! (By the way, it’s “I have no horse in the race”).

  38. greenbayraven says: Dec 27, 2012 9:23 PM

    Rodger Goodell is ruining the NFL. Period.

  39. mazblast says: Dec 27, 2012 9:27 PM

    Oooohhh, someone made a good, clean, HARD hit on a player. The Great Roger Goodell Himself Live And In Person thinks that warrants a fine.

    The hitter was Ed Reed. That increases the fine.

    He hit a Giant. That warrants a really huge fine.

    Good God, the man made a clean hit with his SHOULDER and hit the receiver in the CHEST. WHAT THE HE** WAS HE SUPPOSED TO DO? Get written permission to tap him on the shoulder, say, “pretty please with sugar on top, may I tackle you?”, then breathe heavily in the hope that Cruz would fall down?

  40. justintuckrule says: Dec 27, 2012 9:28 PM

    Giant fan here. There was a absolutely nothing wrong with that hit. After this weekend, I’m done watching this wretched product. I’m not even calling it football anymore. Soccer will be gaining one new fan.

  41. mrmidevil says: Dec 27, 2012 9:29 PM

    Yeah, its only his 4th illegal hit in the last 2 years. His second of the season where he was already let out of a suspension. He deserved a suspension the first time, and a 4 game suspension this time. He just doesnt learn. So if you fine him and he goes out and cripples someone, i hope that player sues the hell out of the league. Player saftey….what a joke!

  42. mrmidevil says: Dec 27, 2012 9:30 PM

    Yet again the nfl allows the ratbirds to be the dirtiest players in the nfl.

  43. Stiller43 says: Dec 27, 2012 9:31 PM

    Let me just say it was not an illegal hit.

    But, if theyre going to fine him, affirming the (bad) call on the field, how can they not give him a suspension? He was suspended for his 3rd such hit in a certain period of time, but when he gets his 4th one he gets just a fine? Makes no sense

  44. melikefootball says: Dec 27, 2012 9:33 PM

    And just think a few years ago Harrison got suspended for the same style play and numerous fines.

  45. steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says: Dec 27, 2012 9:39 PM

    Here we go Steelers, here we go!!

  46. ravenator says: Dec 27, 2012 9:39 PM

    Haha haha these steeler comments are hilarious. Its so sad their franchise is crumbling and they know it. Hate on haters, hate on.

  47. avoidedfiend says: Dec 27, 2012 9:42 PM

    that and the hit on vernon davis were both extremely clean hits that drew flags and 15 yard penalties. football is starting to suck now.

  48. theheyseed says: Dec 27, 2012 9:42 PM

    The NFL is going to continue to get worse until the owners fire Goodell.
    I do have an idea about how to fix most of the illegal hits, have the league make the defenders go back to tackling and quit the Hitting. What ever happened to “wrap him up” these guys are blocking the guy with the ball instead of tackling him.

  49. jdfrox says: Dec 27, 2012 9:44 PM

    So he gets fined $55,000 for something that is part of the game. But if he would have lost his mind after the flag was thrown and turned around and berated the ref (something KIDS are taught not to do), he would have only been fined $21,000. Makes sense.

  50. jr4real says: Dec 27, 2012 9:46 PM

    This fine is ridiculous.

    That joker Newton gets fined 21K for a much more serious offense.

  51. bgloalcdk says: Dec 27, 2012 9:53 PM

    As a very devoted Steelers fan that decidedly hates everything purple I must say this story disgusts me. Looked like textbook football to me. That was a good hit no matter who laid it out. Seems that the NFL needs a new poster child every year and this time they’re picking on Ed Reed. makes it hard to enjoy the game sometimes.

  52. rayray5227 says: Dec 27, 2012 9:55 PM

    funny how these steelers fans say Ed is a dirty player when they had the dirtiest guy in the league… Hines vagina Ward. also it’s a shame that the NFLs making money on perfectly legal hits. It’s a surprise that chancellor hasn’t been fined yet.

  53. bert1913 says: Dec 27, 2012 9:59 PM

    If that was an illegal hit, Brandon Browner would be suspended for 2 games.

  54. snaxdsp says: Dec 27, 2012 10:19 PM

    Must be getting big bounty playoffs…..oops!

  55. raiderkilla0 says: Dec 27, 2012 10:20 PM

    @pantsfreezone… If you have watched less than a quarter of the games available then WTF are you doing on this website? Probaseballtalk is around the corner!!! Clean hit or not NFL is KING!!! Im sure baseball could use more followers!!!

  56. thejohnsmith1122 says: Dec 27, 2012 10:51 PM

    I’m all for player safety and refs giving flags for “close” calls on the field but c’mon, the NFL has to be smarter than handing out a fine after days to review. This was just a hard good hit.

  57. t8ertot says: Dec 27, 2012 10:59 PM

    It makes me sick that players get fined more than I make in a year

  58. jiggy3198 says: Dec 27, 2012 11:08 PM

    I’m so tired of idiots saying another early exit for the ravens. In the last four years the ravens are the only team to win playoff game and twice make if the afc championship. There is never an early exit for the ravens. Please know what you are talking about before you post.

  59. evrybdyhas1 says: Dec 27, 2012 11:20 PM

    The penalty was bad enough the fines ridiculous. Keep the bad calls on the field and forget the fines.

  60. tarmacjerry says: Dec 27, 2012 11:22 PM

    I fully expect Ed Reed to retire after this season. It’s not the game has passed him, it’s a completely different sport.

  61. Cereal says: Dec 27, 2012 11:24 PM

    This hit should be textbook,,,he led with his shoulder & drilled Cruz right in the chest. THe chance of either player being injured in that type of collision is very low….plus he drilled the guy so its good for the fans – you know, it sells ! Merton Hanks is a hypocrite & Goodell is fraudulent

  62. johntonioholmes says: Dec 27, 2012 11:33 PM

    Ed Reed has the same number of infractions in one season as James Harrison had in 3 seasons. But he doesn’t hit hard enough to knock people out, so he hasn’t been suspended yet.

    Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think Reed should be suspended or even fined for those hits.

    It’s just funny how inconsistent the NFL is. He has to be smooching Goodell’s beans for him to have not been suspended yet.

  63. erick670 says: Dec 27, 2012 11:37 PM

    rockthered1286 says: Dec 27, 2012 8:27 PM

    Steeler fans who will be sitting on the couch watching Ravens in the playoffs for the 5th consecutive year while their team is already booking tee times due to their “elite” QB blowing back to back games single handedly… Lol thanks for the trolling fellas! Keep talking about how many rings your team has and ill keep reminding you how terrible they are NOW………………………………………………………………………………………………
    hey man how many times ur team even been to the big dance and id rather not make it than to watch my team choke when there so close so laugh on that punk ravens are as old if not older than the steelers at least no murderers on our team

  64. johntonioholmes says: Dec 27, 2012 11:37 PM

    dbama

    It’s unfortunate that you aren’t smart enough to see that this is what Harrison was talking about when he said aiming for the knees.

    Reed only hit Cruz in the head because Cruz LOWERED his head. Reed’s target zone was exactly where it should have been.

    James Harrison has had the exact same thing happen to him (but unfortunately for him, he hits too hard). So, in order to avoid what has happened to Reed, Harrison said he has to lower his target SO low that he is essentially aiming at the knees.

    You’re just not smart enough to realize that was the point he was making, and you took it to mean that he was trying to take out knees.

    In reality, he was just saying that it’s impossible to know where the head is going to be, so he MUST aim for 2 feet above the ground.

  65. johntonioholmes says: Dec 27, 2012 11:39 PM

    ravensfansc

    The injury that Roethlisberger had is a 6 month-rehab type of injury.

    He still put up better numbers than a non-injured Joe Flaccid.

  66. dbama says: Dec 27, 2012 11:46 PM

    Yep. Not smart at all. Not sure what this post is trying to say. I was merely saying that a hit below the waist is better (legal) than a hit near the head/neck.

  67. steellady says: Dec 27, 2012 11:56 PM

    So much for punishing repeat offenders.. I guess that was a SPECIAL rule for Harrison alone.

  68. rg3isvictory says: Dec 28, 2012 12:59 AM

    Reed should appeal!

  69. nevermore52 says: Dec 28, 2012 1:09 AM

    This whole deal is ridiculous. Ed’s made some pretty vicious hits this year, but nearly every one has been clean. Even the hit on Deion Branch in the Pats game was only to the head because Branch ducked. Every other tackle was shoulder first and to the chest! How can they find it acceptable to fine these players after having the ability to watch the replays time and time again! It blows my mind. Every year it gets harder to make an impact on defense.

  70. sudz28 says: Dec 28, 2012 6:29 AM

    At least he wasn’t hurdled. Again.

  71. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Dec 28, 2012 6:42 AM

    Good thing jack tatum and jack lambert dont play in this era they would have retired owing the nfl money……..sarcasim.

    Ok in reality it seems to me these flags and fines are coming off pure reputation RE:reed harrison. no matter how these guys try to clean it up there still getting the flags.I’ve always respected the way the ravens have played good hard nosed football but the nfl is really turning into a joke all i can say is just keep pushing forward and maybe someday lord roger will get ousted.

  72. kybengal68 says: Dec 28, 2012 7:30 AM

    I’m a Cincinnati Bengals fans, and a NFL fan, but this is not right, this was a shoulder to the chest, nothing dirty about the play. NFL you are hurting the game. You have to sit down, and look it this in the off-season.

  73. edisbetterthantroy says: Dec 28, 2012 7:41 AM

    Reminder:

    Ravens = AFCN Champs

    Steelers = Home for the holidays

    Judging by most of these posts, Pitt fans have been drinking way too much eggnog.

  74. bengalsucker says: Dec 28, 2012 8:41 AM

    Yeah I’m a Raven “hater” but even I’d say this hit was clean. Same kind of hit Reggie Nelson put on Dez Bryant and was flagged but wasn’t fined or anything because the league saw it as a clean, legal hit. This is messed up.

  75. patsfan13 says: Dec 28, 2012 8:47 AM

    How many times do replays show the offensive player duck into the hit? At full speed , the defensive player commits to try to hit the offensive player in the chest area, and ends up hitting him high because the offensive player ducked into it. Seems to me that the NFL doesn’t really look at the film closely enough. I don’t want anyone from any team to get hurt, but hitting and getting hit are part of the game.

  76. steelerben says: Dec 28, 2012 10:36 AM

    The NFL has stated that they are not taking intent into consideration, so it does not matter if Reed intended to make contact or not. The NFL has shown that they do not take the receiver moving into the contact zone into consideration when fining. The NFL has shown that they are going to provide additional protection to the “Super Stars” (read: offensive stat producers) as well. The NFL needs someone at all times to wag a finger at about, “player safety” while the concussion lawsuit is going on.

    Was the hit clean? Yeah, mostly. Cruz dipped his chin in and a little contact was made there, though. And the NFL is going to drop the hammer on it every time to show that they “care about players” and are trying to “change the game”. You can’t fine Reed less than the last time you fined him for the “same thing” even though the last one warranted the fine and this one didn’t. At least they didn’t attempt to pursue another suspension that would definitely be overturned.

  77. bmorecasper says: Dec 28, 2012 12:09 PM

    eric670 stated:
    hey man how many times ur team even been to the big dance and id rather not make it than to watch my team choke when there so close so laugh on that punk ravens are as old if not older than the steelers at least no murderers on our team

    Dear Eric,

    I’m so sorry but you are quite incorrect. The Steelers were created in 1933. The Ravens were created in 1996. You’re off by 63 years.

    Further more if you observe the highlight you can clearly see that the hit was shoulder to chest however it did brush Cruz’s chin slightly. There was no “helmet to helmet” contact and therefore a legal hit. And one that should not be penalized by a fine let alone a flag.

    Your comment regarding “murderers” must refer to Ray Lewis’ legal battle from some years ago. The murder charges were dropped when the prosecution realized their “evidence” was somewhat lacking and therefore he is not a “murderer”. He plead guilty to a charge of Obstruction of Justice which is a misdemeanor and therefore he is not even a criminal in this case.

    Thank you for your post. But in the future please keep them to yourself if all you can say is lies.

  78. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 28, 2012 1:26 PM

    edisbetterthantroy | Dec 28, 2012, 7:41 AM EST
    Reminder:

    Ravens = AFCN Champs

    Steelers = Home for the holidays

    Judging by most of these posts, Pitt fans have been drinking way too much eggnog.

    Steelers= two Lombardi’s last ten years
    Ravens=oooooooooo

    Judging by the ravens responses they continue to be raging biased whining ref baiting homers. Always have and will be just that….nothing more.

  79. maddog111 says: Dec 28, 2012 1:39 PM

    Absolutely ridiculous that they fined him at all. Textbook hit. So now you’re even allowed to try and separate the receiver and the ball? This is too much.

    It’s sickening the way the NFL hands out these fines just as a way of not admitting to the errors of the officials.

  80. 1509lucky says: Dec 28, 2012 3:02 PM

    LAME! Why not just play two hand touch and get it over with Roger?

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