Harbaugh gives thanks for Ed Reed

Harbaugh gives thanks for Ed Reed
November 22, 2012, 5:15 pm
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Ravens coach John Harbaugh is most certainly giving thanks today.

It's Thanksgiving, and the week didn't start out to well for him and his 8-2 team.

It appeared he wouldn't have safety Ed Reed, who was suspended for one game after he was hit with a $423,000 fine for his third helmet-to-helmet hit in the 13-10 win at the Pittsburgh Steelers last weekend.

It  quickly was overturned on an appeal. Reed will play in Sunday’s game at the San Diego Chargers.

"(We’re) definitely very appreciative of the league and the Players Association for the process," Harbaugh said. "There is a process for that sort of the thing. The process was carried out … It was a very respectful process. … The league and the Players Association respected Ed."

The Ravens already have lost Lardarius Webb (knee) and Jimmy Smith (groin) in the secondary. And recent addition Chris Johnson strained his hamstring in his first game against Pittsburgh.

The episode marked tumultuous season between the Ravens and the league office. Harbaugh was miffed earlier this season when the organization was fined $20,000 for not reporting Reed's shoulder injury even though he hadn't missed practice time or game action because of the torn cartilage.

While Reed's hit on Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders still was called "egregious" and it cost him $50,000, the amended decision is better than the inital one.

Reed, who recovered a fumble in the Pittsburgh game that led to a first-half field goal, is a playmaker. Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers has been turnover-prone all season, already throwing 14 interceptions and losing four fumbles.