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

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 NFL regular season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

According to a league statement Monday, Reed can participate in all preseason practices and games and will be eligible to return to Seattle’s active roster on Oct. 13, after the Seahawks’ Week 6 game against the Browns in Cleveland.

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

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

On Monday, he tweeted an apology to his family, the Seahawks and their fans while continuing to dispute the league’s ruling.

Reed wrote, in part, in a statement attached to a tweet that read, “I love you 12s,” a reference to Seahawks fans: “While I totally disagree with the decision of the NFL, I still must accept it and take responsibility for the situation. I have learned from this and will do everything I can to make my friends, family, teammates, fans and the Seahawks proud of me moving forward.”

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.

Reed will miss games against all three of the Seahawks’ NFC West opponents during his suspension as well ones against the Bengals and Steelers, in addition to the Browns game.