CHICAGO—The punches Redskins tight end Jordan Reed threw during the game with the Panthers on Monday night didn’t do any damage to their intended target. The only thing hurt was Reed’s bank account.
According to a league source, Reed was fined $9,115 for unnecessary roughness for taking a couple of swings at Panthers’ safety Kurt Coleman late in the third quarter. He also was ejected from the game.
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Reed went into the game with an injured shoulder and the Panthers tried to make it worse by banging on it during the game. After one play he apparently had enough and he took a couple of swings in the general direction of Panthers safety Kurt Coleman. One appeared to land on Coleman’s face mask but, of course, it had little effect.
More damaging than the fine or the ejection was the 15-yard penalty that Reed was hit with. That turned a second and goal at the 12 into a second and goal at the 27. The Redskins would have made it a one-score game with a touchdown in that situation. But they had to settle for a field goal to make it 23-12 and their last good chance to get back into the game was gone.
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NFL players took to Twitter on Saturday to send well-wishes to Andrew Luck after news broke that he is retiring from the NFL.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Luck was 'mentally worn out' after years of battling injuries. Luck confirmed the news in an emotional press conference on Saturday night.
"Andrew luck I understand you 100% brotha," wrote Dez Bryant. "... take your time ... I wish you the best."
Redskins rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins reacted to the news with emojis.
Former player turned ESPN analyst Emmanuel Acho posted video of Colts fans booing Luck as he walked into the locker room. "Coach always said, 'the pats on the back eventually turn into stabs,'" he wrote.
"That's bad to boo that man," added former Redskins player Chris Baker.
Former Ravens and current Carolina player Torrey Smith tweeted that anyone in the sport understands.
Jaguars long snapper Matt Overton wrote he was "shook."
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Jordan Reed took a major blow to the head in the Redskins third preseason game in Atlanta, and the blow eventually landed Washington's stud tight end in the NFL's concussion protocol.
Falcons safety Keanu Neal delivered the hit, and while it was clearly illegal and resulted in a penalty on the field, he took to Twitter to defend his play.
It's hard to judge intent under the incredible speed that plays happen during pro football. When a player goes in for a tackle, ball carriers can also move, and plays that look dirty in slow motion can look reasonable in full speed. Still, it's undeniable that Reed took a major shot in the helmet from Neal, and it definitely seemed unnecessary. And it's not a secret that Reed has dealt with serious head injuries throughout his NFL career.
There has been no update on Reed's condition beyond that he's in the NFL concussion protocol. Reed also stayed in the game after the big hit from Neal before his concussion symptoms showed up at halftime.
Neal is a fifth-year safety out of the University of Florida. He missed most of the 2018 season with an ACL injury. Reed also attended the University of Florida.
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