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Baltimore Ravens’ Ed Reed Fined $55K for Hit on New York Giants’ Victor Cruz

December 28th, 2012 at 6:30 AM
By Dan Benton

Baltimore Ravens veteran safety, Ed Reed, avoided a suspension, but was fined $55,000 by the NFL for his illegal hit on New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz in week 16's game.

“I don’t really know what to do with it,” Reed said after the game on Sunday. “I thought it was a decent hit. He got up from it. I think Cruz got up.”

Reed is no stranger to fines for illegal hits, and was suspended for one-game earlier this season for a brutal hit on Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. The suspension was overturned, but Reed was still fined $50,000.

The hit on Cruz drew a flag and a 15-yard penalty for hitting a defenseless player in the head and neck area. A league spokesman confirmed that was the right call on the field (obviously), although some have argued it was a clean hit.

In the 1980's the hit was clean. Here in 2012 under NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the hit was as dirty as they come.


Tags: Baltimore, Baltimore Ravens, Ed Reed, Football, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Victor Cruz

2 Responses to “Baltimore Ravens’ Ed Reed Fined $55K for Hit on New York Giants’ Victor Cruz”

  1.  Krow says:

    Reed’s one of the last few holdover thugs. A dying breed. I don’t want to turn the NFL into flag football, but I’m 100% behind eliminating head shots and chicken-sh1t blows on defenseless players.

    That stuff isn’t tough … it’s the equivalent of a sucker punch. It’s cowardly.

  2.  UANYG says:

    I’ll agree with you regarding eliminating head shots, but I just don’t see where that hit was illegal. Completely necessary? Perhaps not, but I think that depends on your perspective.

    Having seen Cruz turn on a dime against the Jets last year, split two defenders, and take it to the house, what’s a defender to do, have faith that he’ll go out of bounds?

    Now, mind you, this hit is in that grey area where you could call it or not, and in this case, they did. But I can say that while watching that very play my friends and I were pleasantly surprised there was a flag. It wasn’t the 15 yarder Osi got for touching Aaron Rogers nose as if to say, “Boop” during last years division round game!

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