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SEATTLE- Following the suspension of defensive tackle, Jarran Reed, the Seattle Seahawks decided to bring on veteran player, Earl Mitchell, as reinforcement.

Mitchell, a former third-round pick, has made 66 starts in the NFL during his nine-year career. Originally drafted by the Houston Texans, he’s also made starts for the Miami Dolphins and the San Francisco 49ers. He’s mostly recently played for the 49ers, where he started 28 of the 30 games he played for them. He became an unrestricted free agent after the 49ers chose not to pick up his option.

The signing of a defensive tackle was expected following Reed’s suspension. The Seahawks run a 4-3 which requires two defensive tackles. Al Wood was signed to start alongside Reed but with Reed suspended it leaves a giant question mark at his position. The other defensive tackles on the depth chart include second-year undrafted free agent, Poona Ford and sixth-round rookie, Demarcus Christmas.

In other news, defensive end Ezekiel Ansah was not placed on the PUP list and is expected to be ready to go close to Week 1, which will help what’s looking like a shaky defensive line without Reed.

Reed’s suspension will only last six weeks and he’ll return to the team for the game against the Cleveland Browns.

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