What they're saying about Ed Reed's one-game suspension

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Here's a look at what other media outlets are saying about the one-game suspension for Ravens safety Ed Reed for repeated violation of player safety rules.

• Mike Florio of NBCSports' ProFootballTalk believes the decision means the NFL has a "three strikes" policy for repeat offenders of the safety rules.

The punishment comes in response to Reed's third penalty for violating the rules protecting defenseless players in the past three seasons. It suggests that, if the league intends to be consistent, any player with three violations in a three-year window will receive a one-game suspension. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello says that the suspension does not indicate the presence of a formula, and that every case will be handled based on its own facts and circumstances.

• ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley says the suspension comes at the wrong time for the Ravens.

Ed Reed's repeated shots to the head and neck area of defenseless players have resulted in a tough blow for the Ravens. The one-game suspension of Reed comes when the Ravens can't afford to lose another valuable starter in their secondary.

Baltimore is already without two of its top three cornerbacks: Lardarius Webb (season-ending knee injury) and Jimmy Smith (sidelined for five weeks after having groin surgery). Now the Ravens might have to face Philip Rivers and the Chargers' deep passing attack without their eight-time Pro Bowl safety.

This is exactly what the Ravens don't need during their most challenging three-game stretch of the season. Sandwiched in between their grudge matches against the Steelers, the Ravens are going cross-country this week while trying to maintain a two-game lead over Pittsburgh in the AFC North race and a one-game advantage for the No. 2 seed in the AFC.

• CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman thinks the suspension is a perfect representation of NFL focusing on protecting the players.

Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed is furious. I'm told practically the entire Ravens team is mad. Maybe they are right to be. Reed is not a dirty player, and he plays for one of the classiest, best-run organizations in all of sports -- from top to bottom. Yes, the Ravens are angry Reed has been suspended one game for three total head-shot hits.

But Reed and every other player needs to understand something: This is the new NFL. This is the 21st-century NFL.

In this new NFL, any shot at, or near, the head will be punished.

• On Twitter, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark speaks about the play and suspension.

@RealRClark25: Tough on Ed getting suspended. I can't say that I agree w that. It was a penalty but I don't believe he was intentionally trying to harm E.

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