One of the most important players on the Seattle Seahawks defense is not going to be available until late October.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport wrote on Monday that defensive lineman Jarran Reed has been suspended six games by the NFL for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. His appeal was denied last Friday.
The alleged incident that led to Reed’s six-game ban occurred in April 2017, when a woman accused Reed of assaulting her at 3 AM in a house in Bellevue. That led to an investigation by the Bellevue Police Department, but no charges were filed and Reed was never arrested.
Reed is entering the final year of his rookie contract, having come off an outstanding 10.5 sack season in 2018. He underwent sports hernia surgery earlier this year, but it wasn’t expected to affect his availability for the regular season or even this week’s start of training camp. Evidently, what will keep him off the field is whatever allegedly transpired more than two years ago.
Reed will be eligible to return from his suspension in Week 7 against the Baltimore Ravens.
This is obviously a massive loss, even if temporary, for a Seahawks defensive line that already saw Frank Clark traded to the Kansas City Chiefs earlier in the offseason. When Week 1 comes around, Seattle’s leading sacker from 2018 will be a tie between Quinton Jefferson and Jacob Martin, both of whom had three.