FOXBOROUGH, Mass. The NFL has fined New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady $10,000 for kicking Baltimore Ravens defender Ed Reed during Sunday's AFC championship game, CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman has confirmed. The news was originally reported by NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.
On a first-and-goal near the end of the second quarter, Brady was forced out of the pocket to his left. He ran for 3 yards but slid before he could be tackled. In the process, he raised his right leg and kicked Reed in the thigh.
Brady apologized to Reed, according to the Ravens defensive back.
"You know, we talked," Reed told CBS station WJZ-FM in Baltimore. "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's just apologized and what not. But I told him, 'You know, it's good, man.'"
Patriots spokesman Stacey James says he has no information on the fine. A message was left seeking comment from NFL spokesman Michael Signora.
The Ravens won 28-13 to advance to the Super Bowl.