Ed Reed is one of the best safeties to ever play football and his style of play has been a reason why. Reed is not afraid to hit anyone, and the Baltimore Ravens star is paying the price for it. The NFL has suspended the safety for a game due to repeated violations of safety rules.
Just got real for #Ravens S Ed Reed: Suspended without pay for one game for repeated violations of head-hitting/defenseless players rule
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 19, 2012
While I do not agree with the suspension, it does make a lot of sense for the league. If you are going to be tough on safety rules, you might as well enforce it. Too often the league has used words without backing them up. Suspending Reed for a game shows that they are serious about protecting players. If they want to make a dent in player habits, this is the way to do it.
I would not be shocked if Reed appeals this suspension. The rules are such a gray area that it has become nearly impossible to play defense in the league. You really can’t pull up when you are going at full speed – sometimes you are going to hit a guy in the head. It just happens, but I am assuming the league thinks Reed is doing this on purpose.
This is actually bigger news than some might think. Reed might just be the first guy in a long line to be clipped by this. If you want to get serious on safety rules, this is the first step.