The Steelers’ daunting early-season schedule got a bit less difficult on Monday, as Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Jarran Reed will be suspended for the team’s Week 2 matchup, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported.
According to Rapoport, Reed will be suspended six games for a violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy stemming from a 2017 incident.
Sources: #Seahawks standout DL Jarran Reed is being suspended 6 games for a violation of the NFL's personal conduct policy for an incident from early 2017. He was not charged or arrested. His appeal was denied Friday morning. Huge on-field impact.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 22, 2019
Reed, a 6-foot-3, 306-pound defensive tackle was the Seahawks’s second-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft out of Alabama. He had a breakout season in 2018, recording 50 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and 10.5 quarterback sacks. He led Seattle in tackles for loss and was second on the team in sacks and quarterback hits (24).
His loss will hurt a Seattle front seven that was already vulnerable against the run. The Seahawks allowed opposing backs to average 4.9 yards per carry last season, tied for the third-worst mark in the NFL. But they were more stout in the red zone, allowing just nine rushing touchdowns, tied for fourth-best in the league.
Former Steelers defensive tackle Al Woods is among the players that could replace Reed.
The Steelers and Seahawks will play on Sunday, September 15 at 1 p.m. at Heinz Field.