The Ravens will have to do without safety Ed Reed Sunday, as the NFL has hit him with a one-game suspension without pay for repeated violations of the rule prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players.
The NFL passed the news down earlier today when NFL Vice President of Football Operations Merton Hanks confirmed the suspension.
Reed can’t practice this week nor play in the Ravens’ game this Sunday against the Chargers. He may not be at the team practice facility or stadium for any other activities during the suspension. He will be reinstated on Monday, November 26th.
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, that being Steelers wide out Emmanuel Sanders during the Ravens 13-10 Sunday night win in Pittsburgh.
It was Reed’s third violation in the past three seasons of the rules protecting defenseless players:
The first hit came on September 23rd of this year against Pats WR Deion Branch. The second was back in 2010 when he was penalized for roughing the passer and fined $10,000 for unnecessarily striking Saints QB Drew Brees.