Big news from the NFL on Monday as the Seahawks will be without one of their key defenders for nearly half the season.

Coming off a season in which he registered 10.5 sacks for Seattle, two fumble recoveries and 34 tackles, former Alabama standout defensive lineman Jarran Reed is expected to miss the first six games of the upcoming NFL season following a violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

This news was first reported by NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. Rapoport is reporting that Reed’s appeal of the suspension has also been denied.

Reed’s suspension could not have come at a worse time, as he is entering the final year of his rookie contract. Had Reed been on the field for all 16 games last season and registered another big impact on the field, he was likely to receive a massive contract extension. While he still can earn a deal like that in the near future, it’s likely going to be tougher to come by now that he has his suspension to deal with heading into the NFL season.

Reed was Seattle’s second-round pick, and the No. 49 overall selection, in the 2016 NFL Draft.

UPDATE: The Seahawks have confirmed the news of Reed’s six-game suspension.