Ravens S Ed Reed suspended by NFL for 1 game for violating player safety rules

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Baltimore Ravens star safety Ed Reed was suspended for one game by the NFL on Monday for repeated hits to the head and neck area of defenceless players.

The 11-year veteran will miss Sunday’s game against San Diego, which will cost him one game check of more than $400,000.

Reed is suspended for three violations of the player safety rules in the past three seasons. The latest came in Sunday night’s 13-10 victory over Pittsburgh when he was penalized for unnecessary roughness in the third quarter for a hit to the head of receiver Emmanuel Sanders.

Reed also was penalized Sept. 23 against the Patriots for unnecessary roughness and fined $21,000 for striking Deion Branch when the receiver was defenceless.

Before that, Reed hit Saints quarterback Drew Brees on Dec. 19, 2010, and was fined $10,000.

“We cannot tolerate repeated violations of rules, especially rules related to player safety,” NFL executive vice-president of football operations Ray Anderson said Monday. “We will continue to take the strongest possible action to deter these types of violations and protect our players.”

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