Patriots quarterback Tom Brady fined $10,000 for slide

According to a league source, the NFL has fined Patriots quarterback Tom Brady $10,000 for unnecessary roughness for his slide/kick into Ravens safety Ed Reed in the first half of Sunday’s AFC Championship game.

Reed told a Baltimore radio station that Brady had reached out to him by telephone to apologize.

Reed said he understood that Brady was protecting himself with the slide.

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“I know he’s a great player. I respect Brady and his game for all it stands for, and I know he’s not a dirty player . . . emotions get going in the game,” Reed said. “Brady’s a great competitor, I love going against him, and I know where his heart is at for this game.’’