Ed Reed suspension overruled, he'll play Sunday

Ed Reed suddenly un-suspended from that one-game suspension

11/20/12 in NFL   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Blog Photo - Ed Reed suspension overruled, he'll play SundayJust when you thought it was safe to play wide receiver for the San Diego Chargers this weekend... the NFL has reduced its punishment on Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed, and Reed is no longer suspended for Sunday's Ravens-Chargers game. After an appeal verdict was delivered in his favor Tuesday, Ed Reed will not miss any games or paychecks for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders Sunday night.

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.

Blog Photo - Ed Reed suspension overruled, he'll play SundayWe 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.
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