The NFL is reviewing an incident between Tom Brady and Ed Reed during Sunday's AFC Championship Game, and the Patriots quarterback apparently thought enough of it to call the Ravens safety to apologize.
Brady slid to the ground on the final offensive play before halftime and kicked his right leg into the air at Reed. Ravens safety Bernard Pollard took exception to the play Monday, telling reporters in Baltimore it was dirty.
Reed told WJZ-FM in Baltimore yesterday that Brady apologized to him on the phone. Brady always has shared effusive praise for Reed.
"We talked on the phone," Reed said. "He actually reached out to me, texted me. I tried to text him back, but the message exploded after 12 seconds, so I had to call him.
"I told him, 'You know, it's good, man.'"
Reed didn't appear to have a problem with the play, noting Brady was in a vulnerable position and was trying to protect himself.
"It's a tough spot the quarterback is in," Reed said. "I understand Brady's point. He's protecting himself. 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."
The league looks into all incidents of this nature, and the process would involve studying the replay and potentially interviewing Brady and Reed. If Brady is fined, it likely will be announced Friday.
Help on the way
The Patriots made a move to bolster their interior pass rush yesterday by signing defensive tackle Armond Armstead to a future contract.
Armstead is an interesting prospect as one of the more sought-after players coming out of the Canadian Football League. The 22-year-old had three sacks as a junior at USC but missed his senior season in 2011 after suffering a heart attack. Armstead went undrafted last year and played for the Toronto Argonauts, who won the Grey Cup.
The 6-foot-5, 298-pounder had six sacks this season and was a CFL All-Star. Armstead has some injury history, too. He broke his hand in 2008, broke his ankle in 2009 and sprained his shoulder in 2010.
The exact terms of Armstead's contract were not immediately available, but future contracts typically are for the league minimum, based on accrued seasons, and usually don't have signing bonuses. The league minimum for rookies in 2013 is $405,000.
Curious if Reed had any on-field reaction to Brady's slide kick? It's possible you could hear it tonight on NFL Network.
Reed was wired for sound during Sunday's game along with Patriots guard Logan Mankins, safety Devin McCourty and Ravens coach John Harbaugh. Clips will air tonight at 8 during the replay of the game and tomorrow night at 9 during "Sound FX." . . .
Police in Aurora, Colo., still haven't identified any suspects in the invasion robbery at the home of Patriots reserve safety Derrick Martin. Two masked men forced their way into Martin's home while he was with the team at the AFC Championship Game.
Police spokeswoman Cassidee Carlson yesterday said the men held an adult woman and some children at gunpoint but wouldn't confirm whether they were members of Martin's family. Some items were taken from the home.
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