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Jerrick Reed tears ACL, Seahawks lose another rookie for the season

Reed injured his knee in punt coverage against the Los Angeles Rams.

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For the second time this season, the Seattle Seahawks will have to put one of their rookies on season-ending injured reserve.

Safety Jerrick Reed II tore his ACL against the Los Angeles Rams while in punt coverage, where he’s been one of the team standouts. Pete Carroll indicated that Reed would miss some time, but now we know it’s “the rest of the season.”

The former University of New Mexico star was Seattle’s sixth-round pick in this year’s draft. After an impressive preseason in which he was competing for a roster spot alongside the likes of Joey Blount and Jonathan Sutherland, Reed made the 53-man roster and carved out a quality role as a special teams ace. This is a big loss for Seattle’s coverage unit, which has been one of the best in the NFL.

It’s probably not coincidence that Coby Bryant, who’s been ready to return from a toe injury that landed him on IR, was immediately designated for a return to practice. In all likelihood, he’ll take the spot vacated by Reed.

At the start of the regular season, the Seahawks had to put fifth-round rookie Mike Morris on injured reserve with a shoulder problem that limited his training camp and playing time. Hopefully both Morris and Reed have smooth, speedy recoveries, and we can see them back on the field in 2024.