From Comcast SportsNetOWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -- 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 on every down."
Ryan Johnston and Mike Flynn talk about the Tom Brady/Deflategate joke Peyton Manning told during Comedy Central's Roast of Rob Lowe.
According to Brian McCarthy in the NFL public relations office, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will be allowed to work out with his body guru/business partner, Alex Guerrero, during his four-game suspension at the beginning of the season. However, no football information may come thru the Patriots for Guerrero to pass on to Brady.
Guerrero works with other players and travels with team.
Jeff Howe joins Sports Tonight to explain why he agrees with Mike Felger that Bill Belichick mismanaged the QB snaps vs the Panthers.