To answer the angry mob, yes, I realize that Reed didn’t deliver a helmet-to-helmet shot to Cruz. The league understands that as well. He did however strike “defenseless player in the head and neck area.” Don’t yell it me, those are Jamison Hensley’s words not mine.
Reed was suspended for a similar hit on Emmanuel Sanders last month, but he won his appeal and was instead fined $50K. I figured another illegal shot would certainly cost him a game.