Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed avoided a one-game suspension for late hits after an appeal. He instead will be fined $50,000.
Reed was suspended for one game without pay on Monday by NFL vice president of football operations Merton Hanks for his third violation in three seasons of the rule prohibiting helmet-to-helmet hits against defenseless players. The third violation occurred in Sunday night’s game at Pittsburgh: Reed’s hit to the head of receiver Emmanuel Sanders.
Reed appealed the ruling in phone session Tuesday morning with NFL hearing officer Ted Cottrell. The NFL Players Association represented Reed, who also participated.
Hours later, Cottrell reduced the penalty.
In a letter to Reed, Cottrell wrote: “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. 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 will be in uniform for Sunday’s game in San Diego.
“The league has an appeal process to review situations like this, and Ed had his opportunity to answer questions about his play,” Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement. “I think John [Harbaugh] and his coaches do an excellent job of teaching the right, safe and legal way to play football, and we believe Ed clearly tries to play within the rules every down.”
Redskins sign Murphy
The Washington Redskins placed safety Brandon Meriweather on injured reserve and signed cornerback Jerome Murphy. Murphy joined the team Tuesday as the Redskins prepared for Thursday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys. Meriweather tore the ACL in his right knee in Sunday’s 31-6 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. It was his first game of the season after missing the first nine with a sprained left knee.
Jaguars pick up Shipley
The Jacksonville Jaguars signed receiver Jordan Shipley and waived fullback Will Ta’ufo’ou.
It wasn’t immediately clear why they needed a sixth receiver, but Laurent Robinson has missed several games because of concussions and appeared to slam his head on the ground late in Sunday’s loss.
Shipley has played in 18 games since entering the league as a third-round draft pick by Cincinnati in 2010. He played in one game with Tampa Bay this season before being waived Sept. 25.
Around the league
The Oakland Raiders waived linebacker Aaron Curry two weeks after activating him to the 53-man roster. Curry played two games after being activated from the physically unable to perform list. … The Atlanta Falcons signed offensive guard Harland Gunn after backup lineman Joe Hawley received a four-game suspension for violating NFL rules on performance-enhancing substances. … Tight end Kyle Miller was awarded off waivers to the Miami Dolphins, who waived receiver Jabar Gaffney. …The New York Jets waived receiver Jason Hill and linebacker Marcus Dowtin, clearing roster space two days before their showdown with New England. … Seattle Seahawks rookie safety Winston Guy was suspended for four games without pay for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.