It was announced Monday afternoon that free safety Ed Reed would miss this Sunday’s tilt in San Diego after Reed was suspended.
The suspension was the end result of Reed’s third helmet-to-helmet hit in his career. Since Reed is a repeat offender, his third strike meant a one-game suspension. Reed’s previous fines for head shots came in 2010 against Drew Brees, and earlier this season in week 3 on Deion Branch.
The third and final hit came in the second half of Sunday night’s slugfest against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Reed closed in on Steelers’ wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders after he reeled in a catch and led with his head as he hit Sanders.
Reed was flagged for the hit, as the penalty helped lead to a Pittsburgh field goal.
The Ravens’ other loss came early in the game, as tight end Dennis Pitta was lost to an apparent concussion.
Pitta made a five-yard catch, but was then drilled by a couple of Steelers’ defenders. He appeared a bit shaken up as he headed to the locker room and did not return.
The early exit from Pitta unfortunately did not equate to success for Ed Dickson, as he basically had a silent day like the rest of the Ravens’ offense. Dickson managed only eight yards on two catches, so Pitta’s reliability in the check-down passing game was missed.
Pitta’s status for this Sunday is not known as of yet, so that will be something to keep an eye on.
In a season of dealing with key players like Ray Lewis, Lardarius Webb and Haloti Ngata missing games, this Sunday will be another chance for the Ravens’ to persevere in the face of adversity.