Ravens' Reed fined $21K for hit on Branch

September, 28, 2012
9/28/12
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Ravens safety Ed Reed was fined $21,000 by the NFL for his hit on Patriots receiver Deion Branch late in the third quarter of last Sunday's game. Reed was fined for "unnecessary roughness" because he "struck a defenseless player in the head and neck area."

Reed was assessed a personal foul on the play.

Branch and Reed slapped hands afterwards, with Branch smiling after absorbing the crunching hit over the middle.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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