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Ravens S Reed fined $21,000 for hit

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Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed was fined $21,000 for a hit to the head and neck area of defenseless New England Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch last Sunday night, according to NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk.

Branch was unable to make a catch on the play, but Reed was penalized 15 yards.

Branch actually shook Reed's hand on the field and praised him after the game.

"He's a great player," Branch said. "He made a great play. I wasn't mad about the hit. I was mad that the ball came out of my hands. ... We all know going across the middle you're going to get hit. ... Most time I have enough time to catch the ball and get on the ground. But he was on me so fast, I really didn't have time to react. So, unfortunately I dropped the ball. He made a good play. We got a flag out of it. Who knows what it was."
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