The Pittsburgh Steelers will play the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2 of the 2019 season and on Monday it was announced that they’re opponent in that game will be without an important part of their defense due to a suspension.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network on Monday, Seahawks defensive lineman Jarran Reed is being suspended six games for a violation of the personal conduct policy for an incident from early 2017. Reed’s appeal was denied Friday morning, according to Rapoport. Reed’s suspension comes as a result of an adult female who claimed he had assaulted her in late April of 2017. Reed, however, was never charged or arrested following that accusation.
Reed missing six games to start the 2019 regular season means he will miss the Seahawks Week 2 road game against the Steelers. Last season, Reed, who was originally selected in the second-round of the 2016 NFL draft out of Alabama, recorded 10.5 sacks and 50 tackles last season.
It will be interesting to see who ultimately starts at defensive tackle for the Seahawks against the Steelers in place of Reed. Former Steelers defensive tackle Al Woods could be a candidate to do that as he’s one of a few defensive tackles with experience currently on the Seahawks depth chart.
The Seahawks open their 2019 regular season at home against the Cincinnati Bengals.