(OWINGS MILLS, Md.) — Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed escaped a one-game suspension for late hits after an appeal on Tuesday and will instead be fined $50,000.
Reed was suspended one game without pay for his third violation by NFL vice president of football operations Merton Hanks, after his hit on Steelers wide receiver Emanuel Sanders on Sunday.
Reed appealed the ruling in a phone session Tuesday morning with NFL hearing officer Ted Cottrell and received a letter hours later about the suspension being reduced.
“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,” Cottrell wrote. “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.”
Reed and the Ravens (8-2) will be in San Diego on Sunday against the Chargers.
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