The Seattle Seahawks will start the 2019 campaign without a key piece of their defensive line.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports that defensive lineman Jarran Reed is being suspended six games for a violation of the personal conduct policy for an incident from early 2017. He was not charged or arrested.

Reed’s appeal was denied Friday morning.

The suspension is a brutal blow to the Seahawks, who were expecting a big season from Reed.

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The 26-year-old is coming off a breakout campaign in 2018 in which he compiled 10.5 sacks and 50 tackles in 16 regular-season starts.

The 2016 second-round pick enters the final year of his rookie deal and was a candidate for an extension. Whether the suspension alters those plans remains to be seen.

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