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    NFL looking at Tom Brady’s cleats-up slide

    The Ravens’ Ed Reed (20) said Tom Brady has apologized for his sliding leg kick on Sunday.
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    The Ravens’ Ed Reed (20) said Tom Brady has apologized for his sliding leg kick on Sunday.

       Amid news that the NFL is looking into Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s cleats-up slide into Ravens’ safety Ed Reed during the first half of Sunday night’s AFC Championship game, Reed told a Baltimore radio station that Brady has apologized.

       The league always reviews games to see if there are infractions that warrant fines, and Brady’s sliding kick is one of them. Hits doled out by players on both sides also will be looked at.

       During an interview with 105.7 The Fan, Reed said, “Leg is feeling all right; a little sore right now. A little slide kick, you know what I’m saying. It’s a tough spot the quarterback’s in. I understand Brady’s point, with him 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 . . . emotions get going in the game.”

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         Reed said he and Brady talked Monday.

         “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,” Reed said with a laugh. “So I had to call him. And he just apologized and what not. I told him, ‘It’s good man.’ Emotions were flying, I didn’t say anything to him during the game because I was like, it’s whatever.

         “Brady’s a great competitor, I love going against him, and I know where his heart is at for this game.”

        Reed added that Brady’s move did add fuel to the fire for the Ravens defense, giving them another reason to hit harder.


        Fellow Baltimore safety Bernard Pollard, who kept his streak of injuring Patriots players going when he knocked Stevan Ridley out of the game and has been fined multiple times this season, was vocal after the game and on Monday that the NFL should punish Brady.

    Armstead signed

    According to Tuesday’s NFL transaction wire, the Patriots signed defensive tackle Armond Armstead, a 6-foot-5-inch, 298-pound USC product to a futures contract.

       Armstead spent the 2012 season with the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts, helping the team win the Grey Cup championship, and he was also a CFL All-Star.

        But there’s an interesting back story to Armstead that led to him ending up in Canada.

        According to the Los Angeles Times, while at USC, where he played from 2008-10, Armstead said he was improperly given injections of Toradol, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, and those injections led to him suffering a heart attack in March 2011.


        He says he was not informed what the medication was when he was given the injections and that there was a risk of heart attack or stroke when taking Toradol.

        Armstead was briefly hospitalized, but USC would not clear him medically to play in 2011. He thought about transferring, but opted instead to turn pro. He was not drafted or signed as a free agent in 2012. , likely because of concerns over his health. Armstead went to the CFL instead.

         Last August, Armstead sued USC, University Park Health Center, USC team physician James Tibone, and an unnamed pharmaceutical company.

    Martin home robbed

         Sunday was a day to forget for Patriots defensive back Derrick Martin: while he was in Foxborough watching his team lose the AFC title game (he wasn’t in uniform), Martin’s Colorado home was robbed by intruders.

        According to police in Aurora, Colo., two masked, armed men forced their way inside Martin’s home around 8 p.m. local time and took several items of value. At least one adult and several children were in the home at the time.

       The robbers were not in the home long; no shots were fired or threats made, and no one was hurt.

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