Baltimore Ravens star safety Ed Reed was suspended for one game by the NFL on Monday for repeated hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players. The 11-year veteran will miss Sunday’s game against San Diego.
Reed is suspended for three violations of the player safety rules in the past three seasons. The latest came in Sunday night’s 13-10 victory over Pittsburgh when he was penalized for unnecessary roughness in the third quarter for a hit to the head of receiver Emmanuel Sanders.
Reed also was penalized Sept. 23 against the Patriots for unnecessary roughness and fined $21,000 for striking Deion Branch when the receiver was defenseless. Before that, Reed hit Saints quarterback Drew Brees on Dec. 19, 2010, and was fined $10,000.
“We cannot tolerate repeated violations of rules, especially rules related to player safety,” NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson said Monday. “We will continue to take the strongest possible action to deter these types of violations and protect our players.”
Steelers safety Ryan Clark tweeted: “Tough on Ed getting suspended. I can’t say that I agree w that. It was a penalty but I don’t believe he was intentionally trying to harm.”
Reid not ready to quit: Andy Reid isn’t quitting his job.
The Philadelphia Eagles have sunk so low that people are wondering if Reid will simply step down instead of waiting to be fired.
“I think that’d be a cop-out,” Reid said Monday when asked about resigning. “That’s not how I see things. That’s not the way I’m wired. We’re going to keep battling and do it as a team. I’m not going to tell the guys one thing and then do the other.”
As the losses pile up and get worse each week, Reid has run out of explanations. The Eagles (3-7) have dropped six in a row. Even worse, they’re no longer competitive.
A 31-6 whipping by the Washington Redskins wasn’t as close as the 25-point difference indicated. The Eagles never had a chance Sunday against a team that also entered with a 3-6 record.
Gronkowksi has surgery: A person familiar with Rob Gronkowski’s injury says the New England Patriots tight end has undergone surgery for a broken forearm.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement, and did not say which arm was injured. The team could not confirm that Gronkowski had an operation, Patriots spokesman Stacey James said.
Gronkowski went to the locker room with team physician Dr. Thomas Gill with 3:55 left in the fourth quarter after blocking on an extra point following the final touchdown in the Patriots 59-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts Sunday.
McGahee out for season: Broncos running back Willis McGahee tore a ligament in his right knee and is expected to miss the rest of the regular season.
An MRI conducted Monday showed a “nonsurgical” tear, said coach John Fox. He said there was no immediate plan to put the 10-year veteran on injured reserve.
McGahee has rushed for 731 yards this season. He had 55 yards against San Diego before he left Sunday’s game in the second quarter with the knee injury.
Henne to start for Jaguars: Chad Henne will be Jacksonville’s starting quarterback Sunday against Tennessee. Coach Mike Mularkey made the announcement Monday, one day after Henne threw for 354 yards and four touchdowns in a 43-37 overtime loss at Houston.
Blaine Gabbert injured his right forearm early in the game and had trouble gripping the ball.
Lions bench WR: The Detroit Lions are benching wide receiver Titus Young for Thursday’s game against Houston following what coach Jim Schwartz calls “unacceptable” behavior during Sunday’s loss to Green Bay.
Schwartz does not characterize the move as a suspension, but says Young was sent home from the team’s practice facility Monday and will be inactive against the Texans. The coach does not say what Young specifically did wrong, but says there’s no room for selfish behavior in a team sport.