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Seattle Seahawks DL Jarran Reed to miss first six games of 2019 season for violating NFL personal conduct policy, will miss Week 5 game against Los Angeles Rams

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Reed’s absence for the first six games could have a huge effect on the Seahawks’ start to the season.

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Seattle Seahawks DT Jarran Reed waits for the Los Angeles Rams to break the huddle, Oct. 7, 2018.
Seattle Seahawks DT Jarran Reed waits for the Los Angeles Rams to break the huddle, Oct. 7, 2018.
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Seattle Seahawks DL Jarran Reed has been suspended for the first six games of the 2019 regular season for violating the NFL personal conduct policy:

The suspension, which is related to a domestic assault investigation in 2017, means Reed will miss the Week 5 game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Big picture though? The NFL continues to stymie any understanding of how they apply suspensions. While a domestic assault investigation is no small matter, Reed was neither arrested nor charged as a result of the investigation. Meanwhile Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill, who was investigated for child abuse this offseason, is not going to be suspended for a single game. As the Athletic’s Michael Lombardi recently put it (Athletic subscription required):

Consistency matters for all leaders, and for Goodell to allow Hill to waltz back onto the field sends a horrible message about his ability to be trusted.

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Does Goodell honestly believe that the Hill audio and the receiver’s past behavior don’t warrant some action? Does Goodell even care what others around the NFL might think about his leadership skills? For the record, no team I have talked with since Friday can believe Hill is back without penalty.

I too remain confused.

Reed had a breakout season in 2018 with 10.5 sacks. A second-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Reed is headed into the final year of his rookie contract in 2019. He’ll be eligible to join the team in Week 7 as the Seahawks host the Baltimore Ravens.