The NFL sent its clearest message yet that it won’t tolerate repeated hits to the head, suspending All Pro safety Ed Reed for one game after another play in which Reed hit an opposing player in the head.
The league made the announcement today that Reed was suspended after being penalized for a hit to the head of Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders in last night’s game in Pittsburgh.
“We cannot tolerate repeated violations of rules, especially rules related to player safety,” NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Ray Anderson said in a statement. “We will continue to take the strongest possible action to deter these types of violations and protect our players.”
It’s not the first time Reed has been sanctioned for a blow to the head. He was fined $21,000 for a hit on Patriots receiver Deion Branch in September, and he was fined $10,000 for a hit on Saints quarterback Drew Brees in 2010.
With the NFL becoming increasingly sensitive to the issue of concussions, the message here is yet another indication that the league will do whatever it can to crack down on players using excessive force in hitting opponents in the head.