With his one-game suspension for repeated illegal hits overturned and being allowed to play Sunday against the
Reed wasn't nearly as warm, though, about the fact that he was punished for what the league described as a pattern of helmet-to-helmet hits. Instead of being docked an entire $423,529 game check for his unnecessary roughness infraction for his hit on
"The rules of the game have changed a whole lot since I got in the league," said Reed, whose defense team during a conference call with Cottrell included Ravens general manager
"It's a shame it even came to this point, being that I've been on the other side of hits that have been illegal towards me. I've got a lot of respect for that organization, the Steelers, and the other teams in the league. I never played the game that way. I know just as well as I can do the hitting somebody else can, too. I have football camps I'm not teaching that to my kids. it's something we have to deal with as players. It's a shame we have to do that."
Reed was fined $21,000 earlier this season for a shot to the head of
In a letter to Reed today, 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. 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."
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome issued the following statement: "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."
That's what bothered Reed as much as anything. He was upset by the suggestion that he was a dirty player.
"It really needs to be discussed for a fine to come down like that so harshly for that hit," Reed said. "Over my career and for them to go back to 2010 for me scratching
"It's a lot needs to be done, it's not just me on the end of this," said Reed after handing out Thanksgiving meals tonight at
"At the same time, we grew up watching the game be played a certain way and playing it a certain way. It is tackle football. It is a contact sport and a brutal one, a violent one at that, the No. 1 violent sport, sad to say. I know concussions has been a big thing. I've had concussions before and I know guys are going to have concussions. If you want to stop it, stop the game. Like people say, it's starting to be a flag football thing. I have a flag football tournament. We can make this a big thing is we want to everybody can come get in my league."
Boldin, who played against Reed for years when he was with the
"I think it was only right," Boldin said. "Ed's not one of those guys. He's never been that type of guy to go out and intentionally hurt somebody or be malicious on the field. Over his career, he's played clean football. I think that's why they overturned the ruling. "You can't make an example of a guy who's played the game the way he has: hard-nosed, clean, honest. He's one of the leaders at the safety position. I don't think you can make an example of a guy like that."
To have Reed, one of the most instinctive pure centerfielders to ever play the game, in the lineup should provide a boost for a defense that has traditionally struggled to contain strong-armed Chargers quarterback