No suspension for Ed Reed

Yesterday, Ed Reed was branded as a dirty player after he was handed a one-game suspension following his hit on Emmanuel Sanders, a hit which was supposedly the culmination of his dirtiness since he was punished for repeated violations dating back to 2010. The dirty stigma is attached to any suspension due to head hunting or just general idiocy (see: James Harrison, Ndamukong Suh).

Now, less than 24 hours later after his appeal, it’s been decided that Reed’s actions are bad, but not suspension bad, and therefore in terms of public perception he’s no longer considered to be in the same sentence as Harrison and Suh for his level of dirt.

Reed will instead be fined $50,000. Here’s the explanation from league disciplinarian Ted Cottrell in his letter to Reed. Cottrell, a former coach, was jointly appointed by the league and the players’ association to oversee appeals:

“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 league is aiming to reduce all hits to the head, a noble and fair goal. But the suspension-worthy hits should be those in which the body is launched at the head, creating a missile effect. That element was absent from the Sanders hit.

The notion of past instances which date back to 2010 influencing a suspension also remains absurd. Because, well, this…

Comments (1)

  1. The rule is retarded .. You train all your life to hit hard and try to take your opponent down and now when you do it well you get fined for it … I think they might as well go to flag football it will protect everyone … Just what is a DB supposed to do when he goes in for that big hit ??? somehow bend his neck backwards so his head isnt the first thing there ?? Your head is at the top of your body and that is normally how someone runs ,, head first ,, how the hell are you supposed to move your head out of the way to ensure no helmet to helmet contact ??? The rule is ridiculous !!! Discretion should be used more with the officials to determine whether the hit was malicious or not !! .

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