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Ed Reed appeals $21,000 fine for hit on Deion Branch

Safety appealing NFL punishment

By Aaron Wilson

The Baltimore Sun

2:27 PM EDT, October 1, 2012

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Ravens free safety Ed Reed has appealed his $21,000 fine for unnecessary roughness during a 31-30 victory over the New England Patriots, according to a league source.

Reed struck a defenseless player, wide receiver Deion Branch, in the head and neck area, according to a league spokesman.

Reed was penalized for a personal foul for his crushing hit on Branch where he made contact with the receiver's helmet with a forearm.

Branch was momentarily shaken up, but got up smiling and continued to play.

Reed also delivered a big hit on Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman to break up a potential touchdown pass in the end zone, but that shot was regarded as within the rules by the officials and the league office.

awilson@baltsun.com