The NFL initially suspended Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed for one game for his helmet-to-helmet hit during this past Sunday night’s game against the Steelers.
After appealing his suspension, the NFL has decided to reduce Reed’s suspension to a $50,000 fine instead of his entire game check of over $400,000.
On Monday afternoon, the NFL suspended him for one game for his third illegal hit against a defenseless player in three season. On Tuesday aftern oon, former NFL assistant coach Ted Cottrell reduced the suspension to a $50,000 fine.
Said Cottrell in the letter to Reed: “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. P layer 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.”
In the end Cotrell and the NFL made the right decision. If the NFL wants to suspend a player for a game, they’re going to need to wait for a player to commit a more malicious hit.