Ed Reed wins appeal, no longer suspended

Ed Reed has been suspended by the NFL for one game for being committing a third helmet-to-helmet hit in the past three years.

Ravens safety Ed Reed won his appeal for violating NFL player safety rules and will be able to play this Sunday against San Diego.

Reed was initially suspended after a helmet-to-helmet hit on Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders during Baltimore's 13-10 win Sunday night.

Reed appealed and received the good news Tuesday afternoon that he'd be reinstated.

The bad news, for Reed, is that he's still receiving a $50,000 fine. Arbitrator Ted Cottrell, who presided over this case, argued in a letter to Reed that the former NFL defensive player of the year should still be punished for his hit.

"I have determined that your actions were egregious and warrant significant discipline," Cottrell wrote. "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."

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome released a statement saying the Ravens are happy with how the appeals process played out.

"The league has an appeal process to review situations like this, and Ed had his opportunity to answer questions about his play. Ted Cottrell, a long-time NFL defensive coach, reviewed Ed's play. Ted is the arbitrator approved by both the NFL and the NFL Players Association, and he made the decision.

"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 on every down."

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