Ravens safety Ed Reed fined for hit on Patriots' Deion Branch

Safety Ed Reed was fined $21,000 for his hit on New England Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch in the third quarter of the Ravens' 31-30 victory last Sunday night at M&T Bank Stadium.

Reed was ruled to have "struck a defenseless player in the head and neck area." Branch dropped the ball, but Reed was given a 15-yard personal foul on the play.

Reed and Branch also slapped hands and the Patriots' wide receiver stayed in the game.

That was one of several big hits for Reed in the game, including one on Julian Edelman that saved a potential touchdown.


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