Ed Reed faces discipline after illegal hit

December, 24, 2012
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A month after getting out of a one-game suspension, Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed once again is subject to NFL punishment for an illegal hit.

Reed was penalized for his hit on Victor Cruz in Sunday's 33-14 win over the Giants when he delivered a shoulder blow high to the upper body of the wide receiver.

Last month, Reed had a one-game suspension overturned but still had to pay a $50,000 fine for his hit on Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. Now, this is Reed's fourth incident in the past three seasons.

Does Reed think the league will discipline him? "I don’t know what is going to come of it," Reed told reporters after the game. "I had the referee whispering into my ear on the second play. All I like to do is play the game. I thought it was a decent hit. He [Cruz] got up from it."

Mike Pereira, the former NFL head of officials, posted on Twitter that he thought Reed's hit was illegal:
Reed's shoulder to the head of a receiver who was still defenseless because he didn't have time to protect himself. League wants that called

There is some good news if Reed would get suspended. He would miss the final regular-season game and not the first round of the playoffs.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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