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Ed Reed's one-game suspension was reduced to a $50,000 fine following an appeal Tuesday, meaning the safety will be eligible to play Sunday when the Ravens travel to face the San Diego Chargers.

League arbitrator Ted Cottrell, a long-time NFL defensive coach, made the ruling on Reed after speaking to the safety, Ravens team president Dick Cass and general manager Ozzie Newsome via conference call early Tuesday.

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In a letter to Reed, Cottrell wrote: "I have determined that your actions were egregious and warrant significant discipline. However, I do not believe that your actions were so egregious as to subject you to a one-game suspension without pay. Player safety is the league's primary concern in the formation of playing rules and all players are expected to adhere to those rules or face disciplinary action. I hope in the future you will focus on ensuring that your play conforms to the rules."

Reed was suspended Monday as a result of repeated violations of the league's player safety rules that prohibit hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players.

Reed was flagged for a personal foul during the third quarter of Baltimore's win against the Steelers Sunday night following a hit to the head of Pittsburgh wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.

The violation was Reed's third in the last three years and second this season, although Ravens coach John Harbaugh called each of the hits "inadvertent" on Monday and said he was "very surprised" by the suspension.

Had Reed been suspended for Sunday's game against the Chargers, he would've been docked one game check worth $423,529.

"I think John [Harbaugh] and his coaches do an excellent job of teaching the right, safe and legal way to play football," Newsome said in a statement, "and we believe Ed clearly tries to play within the rules on every down."

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