Ed Reed facing potential NFL punishment after illegal hit

The Baltimore Sun

Ravens star free safety Ed Reed is under NFL scrutiny once again after being flagged for a personal foul for hitting a defenseless wide receiver in the head and neck area during the fourth quarter Sunday.

Reed was penalized for his sideline hit on wide receiver Victor Cruz when he delivered a shoulder blow high to his upper body during the Ravens' 33-14 victory at M&T Bank Stadium.

As a repeat offender who had a one-game suspension overturned by NFL hearing officer and former Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell prior to the San Diego Chargers game earlier this season and replaced with a $50,000 fine stemming from his hit to the head of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders,  Reed has now had four incidents in the past three seasons.

If Reed is suspended without pay, it  would cost him an entire game check of $423,529. This hit could fall into a grey area in how it's interpreted under the NFL rulebook considering that the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year led with his shoulder and it wasn't a crushing blow that caused an injury.

"I don't know," Reed said when asked if he thinks he'll be punished by the league office. "I don't know what's going to come of it. I had the referee whispering in my ear on the second play. All I like to do is play the game. I don't really know what to do with it. I don't really know what to do with that. I thought it was a decent hit. He got up from it."



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