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In light of the $40,000 fine docked to Jameel McClain and the $15,000 assessed to Haloti Ngata for hits against the Pittsburgh Steelers, safety Ed Reed is wondering if offenses are held equally accountable.
On Wednesday, Reed referenced Steelers wideout Hines Ward in particular, who has a history of brutal hits on Ravens players and seemingly tried to dish out a few last weekend.
Video shows Ward attempting to block Reed on the first play of the game, but Ward fell towards the safety’s knees before making contact. The action could have been accidental, but Reed was unhappy about it nonetheless.
“I moved out the way, but he came at me with his head first, [with] the crown of the helmet,” Reed said. “The first play of the game, he did this. He fell, and then a couple of plays later, he did the same thing. There’s no fine?
“He tried to cheap-shot me, and he didn’t get a fine. He came at me with his head down. I moved out the way. Who’s going to go police that?”
McClain received his fine because of an illegal hit to the head of tight end Heath Miller, whom the NFL deemed a defenseless receiver. Ngata was tagged because his hand hit the helmet of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, a blow that broke Roethlisberger’s nose.
Reed said he hopes offensive players are held to the same standard.
“I didn’t send the tape to the league, but [the league is] looking at those plays,” said Reed. “You’ve got to see that he came at me. [He was] trying to do it. [McClain] wasn’t trying to hurt the guy. He’s just playing football. [Ward] was trying to hurt me. He was trying to take me out the game.
“What are they going to do about that? They’re not going to do anything about that.”