Baltimore Ravens star safety Ed Reed was suspended one game by the NFL on Monday for his hit on Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders on Sunday night.
The suspension will cost Reed his game check of $423,529, and the 11-year veteran will miss next Sunday's contest against the San Diego Chargers.
Reed has appealed the suspension, a source told ESPN. The appeal of the suspension will be heard by two independent arbitrators who are paid by the league and the players' union. They could expedite the decision and rule by Wednesday, making Reed's eligibility against San Diego clear.
Reed was penalized for unnecessary roughness for his third-quarter hit to Sanders' head and neck. The NFL said it was Reed's third violation of rules protecting defenseless receivers, highlighting past Reed hits to former Patriots receiver Deion Branch earlier this season and to Saints quarterback Drew Brees in 2010.
"We cannot tolerate repeated violations of rules, especially rules related to player safety," NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson said. "We will continue to take the strongest possible action to deter these types of violations and protect our players."
Reed is the second player to be suspended for an illegal hit this season. Broncos linebacker Joe Mays was suspended one game earlier this season for a hit on Texans quarterback Matt Schaub.