Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome sent out word on Ed Reed’s suspension being overturned on appeal, and he’s clearly glad Ted Cottrell was the one who heard it.
“The league has an appeal process to review situations like this, and Ed had his opportunity to answer questions about his play. Ted Cottrell, a long-time NFL defensive coach, reviewed Ed’s play. Ted is the arbitrator approved by both the NFL and the NFL Players Association, and he made the decision.
“I think John [Harbaugh] and his coaches do an excellent job of teaching the right, safe and legal way to play football, and we believe Ed clearly tries to play within the rules on every down.”
So for his effort, his one-week suspension, which would have cost him $423,000, has been knocked down to a $50,000 fine.
The biggest loser in this deal (other than Reed’s wallet) is Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, who could have used a week away from Reed.