The presiding officer over Ravens FS Ed Reed’s appeal, Ted Cottrell, lifted Reed’s suspension and instead gave him a $50,000 fine.
The NFL suspended Reed one game and fined him one game check on Monday after his third violation in three seasons of the rule prohibiting helmet-to-helmet hits against defenseless players. Reed was flagged for his hit on Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders on Sunday night.
Cottrell heard Reed’s appeal on Tuesday morning. Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome and president Dick Cass participated in the appeals hearing representing the club.
In a letter to Reed, Cottrell said, “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.”
Reed will be able to return to the team facility and play in the team’s Week 12 game against the Chargers.
In a statement released by the Ravens, Newsome said, “The league has an appeal process to review situations like this and Ed had his opportunity to answer questions about his play. I think John (Harbaugh) and his coaches do an excellent job of teaching the right, safe and legal way to play football and we believe Ed clearly tries to play within the rules on every down.”