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 on Tuesday that Brady had reached out to him by telephone to apologize. Reed said he understood that Brady was protecting himself with the slide.
"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.''