Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed is certainly not shy on the field with his aggressive play or expressing himself off the field.
While the NFL overturned his one-game suspension Tuesday for a hit on Pittsburgh's Emmanuel Sanders in Sunday night's game, Reed is upset about the $50,000 fine he has to pay. He also voiced his opinion about concussions and how the NFL is attempting to change the game.
"It really needs to be discussed for a fine to come down like that so harshly for that hit," Reed told the Baltimore Sun.
Reed's suspension was lifted during a meeting Tuesday after he appealed, but the NFL said the hit still warranted disciplinary action that resulted in the fine.
"I'm just glad I can play with my teammates," he said. "I'm not happy with the $50 grand, but what can you do?"
Reed acknowledges that steps should be taken to make the game safer, but he said the only way to prevent concussions is to ban the sport.
"It is tackle football. It is a contact sport and a brutal one, a violent one at that, the No. 1 violent sport, sad to say," he said.
"I know concussions has been a big thing. I've had concussions before and I know guys are going to have concussions. If you want to stop it, stop the game. Like people say, it's starting to be a flag football thing."