Seahawks' Jarran Reed suspended six games for violating NFL conduct policy

Seahawks defensive lineman Jarran Reed has received a six-game suspension to start the 2019 season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, an NFL spokesperson said in a statement Monday.

His suspension stems from an alleged domestic violence incident in 2017, according to KING-5 News, but he was not charged or arrested. Seattle also released a statement, making it clear that it was aware of Reed’s situation and has been following league and law enforcement protocol.

Reed appealed his suspension but it was denied Friday, according to NFL.com.

Reed 26, has spent all three of his NFL seasons with the Seahawks and has 13.5 career sacks. His 10.5 sacks last regular season were second to only Frank Clark’s 13 for Seattle. Clark has since moved to the Chiefs.

Seattle’s entire defensive unit had 43 sacks in 2018, tied for 11th in the NFL. With nearly a quarter of that production coming from Reed, his absence for the first six games is a big hit. Moreover, he’s also considered one of the Seahawks’ most valuable leaders.

Other key defensive players who’ve departed Seattle this offseason include Justin Coleman, Earl Thomas and J.R. Sweezy, which will certainly change the team’s identity.

Seattle finished second in the NFC West at 10-6 record last season after a slow start and fell to the Cowboys in the first round of the playoffs.

The division appears poised make things tougher this season though, beyond just the NFC champion Rams. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is back healthy for the 49ers (4-12 in 2018) and the Cardinals (3-13) selected Kyler Murray with the No. 1 pick in the 2019 draft.