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Ravens S Reed fined $55k for hit on Cruz

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BALTIMORE -- Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed was fined $55,000 for his hit on New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz last Sunday.

Reed is treated as a repeat offender by the NFL.

Even though Reed delivered a glancing blow with his shoulder that connected with Cruz during a 33-14 win, he had a one-game suspension overturned earlier this season and replaced with a $50,000 fine.

"It's an interesting situation," Reed said Thursday before learning of the fine. "I just play the game. I let them make those decisions."

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday afternoon that Reed and other players are in a difficult position under the NFL rulebook due to the speed of the game, also noting that wide receiver Torrey Smith was penalized for an illegal block where he appeared to make contact with his shoulder to the chest of a Giants defender.

"It's tough, full-speed, the whole thing," Harbaugh said. "I hope the league really takes a look at this in the offseason and figures out a way to help the players out a little bit.

"It's been a real challenge so far this year. Ed was trying to do everything he could. I could say the same thing about Torrey on the block back, it was chest high. Our guys are really trying to do the right thing and it's difficult at full speed to do that."

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