Posted November 20, 2012

NFL lifts Ed Reed’s suspension on appeal, reduces penalty to $50,000 fine

NFL

One day after the NFL decided to suspend Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed for “repeated violations” of player safety rules, appeals officer Ted Cottrell reduced the penalty to a $50,000 fine, the league announced. Cottrell held a telephone hearing this morning involving both Reed and the NFL Players Association to review Reed’s third helmet-to-helmet hit against a defenseless receiver in three seasons.

The latest incident occurred on Sunday night, when Reed was penalized for a hit on Pittsburgh Steelers’ wideout Emmanuel Sanders. In a letter to Reed, Cottrell wrote that the hit did not warrant a suspension, which would have cost Reed $423,529 in salary.

“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.”

The decision comes as a surprise to many who view the appeals process as a mere formality. CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman tweeted that “no one” expected this result:

Reed and the AFC North-leading Ravens travel to San Diego this week to take on the 4-6 Chargers. The safety has intercepted three passes this year to bring his 11-year NFL total to 60, 10th most in history.


5 comments
TerryH
TerryH

it appears to me, after watching endless espn tirades concerning the unfairness of the penalty... it does seem that espn may be calling the shots for the league office....sure wish espn would get behind jon vilma now and get his name expunged from the misguided nfl bounty screwup....after all, they have succeeded in rectifying this reed deal and got rid of the replacement refs...

Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

A further display of the NFL's weakness....brought about by it's gestapo chief.

captaingravy
captaingravy

The suspension was preposterous to being with.  3 hits in 3 years is hardly a trend.  Not to mention, Reed lowered his shoulder and hit the guy in the shoulder pads...impact caused the helmets to hit...he didn't lead with the helmet, didn't aim at the guys head, and did not throw a forearm at the guy...

mkelly9772
mkelly9772

 @captaingravy Which means that what actually happened is they reviewed the decision, determined they got it completely wrong, and to save face they reduced it to a large fine rather than reverse the decision completely.

captaingravy
captaingravy

 @mkelly9772 I'm sure Reed is happy with $50k tax deduction rather than the $400k+ it was going to cost him.