Ed Reed suddenly un-suspended from that one-game suspension
Reed's sentence has been reduced to just a $50,000 fine, and he will not miss any games. Reed's "helmet-to-helmet hit count" is now officially reset back down to two over the last three seasons, under a current discipline system where players are suspended a game once they notch their third helmet-to-helmet violation in a three-season span.
The successful appeal of the Ed Reed suspension was announced Tuesday, and Reed will now play this week in San Diego. Reed had been suspended one game for a hit in Sunday night's Ravens-Steelers game.
We here at FanIQ feel the NFL was correct to suspend Ed Reed, as the hit was demonstrably helmet-to-helmet. We also support the appeal decision, though, because it might to lead to more controversy and overall pageviews.
The appeal was handed down by Ted Cottrell, a former NFL defensive coordinator who now works as a league mediator. In a letter to Reed explaining his decision, 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."
The Reed suspension would have hurt Ravens fans this weekend, but it would have hurt Reed more. While he still has to pay the $50,000 fine, Reed would have lost a game check if he'd been suspended for Sunday's game. Ed Reed's game checks are $423,529 a pop.