Tom Brady slide: Ed Reed says “It’s good, man”

Tom Brady comes in a little high for a landing. (Mike Segar / Reuters)

The NFL may be reviewing Tom Brady’s wheels-up slide in the AFC championship game, but as far as Ed Reed, the target of Brady’s flying foot, is concerned, the moment behind them.

“I told him — you know, we talked,” Reed said in an interview with Baltimore’s WJZ radio. “We talked actually not too long ago; we talked on the phone. 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 … and he just apologized and whatnot. But I told him, ‘You know, it’s good, man.’ ”

Just before halftime, Brady slid after scrambling out of the pocket and raised a leg like Ty Cobb breaking up a double play.

“For the most part, I didn’t say anything to him when he said something to me at the game,” Reed said. “… He was going, ‘You want to play like that, let’s go.’ But, no, Brady’s a great competitor and I love going against him and I know where his heart is at for this game. It was all good.”

So that settles that. Now, will the NFL fine an offensive player? And, particularly, Tom Brady, one of its pre-eminent players? Certainly Reed would have been fined and possibly suspended if he’d been the one impersonating Cobb here.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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