Baltimore Ravens safety, Ed Reed is being suspended without pay for one game for repeated violations of the rule prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players. The suspension was imposed by NFL Vice President of Football Operations Merton Hanks.
Reed was penalized for unnecessary roughness in the third quarter of Sunday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers for a hit to the head and neck area of a defenseless receiver, Emmanuel Sanders according to NFL.com
The suspension means Reed can not practice this week or play in this Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers. He is not even allowed to be at the teams practice facility, or team events until he is reinstated on Monday, Nov. 26.
This was Reed’s third violation in the past three seasons of the rules protecting defenseless players. In September of 2012, Reed was penalized for unnecessary roughness and fined $21,000 for striking a defenseless player, wide receiver Deion Branch, in the head and neck area. The other violation came in December of 2010, when Reed was penalized for roughing the passer and fined $10,000 for unnecessarily striking the quarterback, Drew Brees, in the head and neck area.