Seahawks Officially Activate DT Jarran Reed to 53-Man Roster

Corbin Smith

Waiting until the last moment, the Seahawks officially reinstated defensive tackle Jarran Reed to the 53-man roster and placed tight end Will Dissly on injured reserve.

Set to his free agency in March, Reed received a six-game suspension from the NFL in late July stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident in 2017. With his appeal denied, the former Alabama standout was forced to stay away from the team for the first month and a half of the season.

Seattle managed to survive without Reed, inserting veteran Al Woods into the starting lineup alongside Poona Ford. The Seahawks opened the season winning five of their first six games despite a sporadic pass rush that produced just 10.0 sacks during that span.

With Reed returning, the Seahawks will welcome back one of the best pass rushing defensive tackles in the league. After only producing a handful of sacks his first two seasons, he broke out with a career-high 10.5 sacks in 2018, second on the team behind Frank Clark.

While coach Pete Carroll wasn’t sure what to expect from Reed upon his return earlier in the week, Reed returned in top shape and should be able to handle a heavy workload in his first game back in action.

“He must have worked really hard. He would tell you that he did.” Carroll said on Friday. “The challenge of the practice was nothing for him. He’d been working hard enough so that this is not a step up for him, which is what you hope so that he doesn’t have a fall out coming off the practices. He’s ready to go.”

While it’s not how the Seahawks wanted to open up a spot for Reed, Dissly’s season-ending Achilles injury allowed the team to make a roster move without releasing another player. The second-year tight end suffered the injury against the Browns last Sunday and underwent a successful surgery on Thursday.

Though Dissly won’t be back for 2019, Carroll indicated he should be able to return a few months ahead of schedule, which puts him in a great position to be back to 100 percent health when Seattle opens training camp next summer.