A Seahawks team that has seen several defensive starters miss practices this week will have to get by without one of its interior linemen for a while. Defensive tackle Al Woods received a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets.
Woods has played in all 14 Seahawks games this season. He started five games, which came during Jarran Reed‘s six-game ban to start the season. This is Woods’ first season with the Seahawks. Woods’ ban will stretch into the playoffs. He will not be eligible to play until either the NFC championship game or Super Bowl LIV, depending on Seattle’s seeding. It will go into 2020 if the Seahawks play just one playoff game.
Seattle defensive starters Bobby Wagner, Jadeveon Clowney and Quandre Diggs missed both Wednesday and Thursday practices this week. Shaquill Griffin and Mychal Kendricks missed Thursday’s workout after getting in limited sessions Wednesday. Woods himself did not practice Thursday because of an ankle ailment.
Since Reed returned from a personal conduct ban, Woods has remained a rotational presence. The former Buccaneers, Titans, Steelers and Colts defender, who played briefly with the Seahawks in 2011, has made 32 tackles and registered one sack in his second tour of duty in Seattle. The 32-year-old inside defender has recovered two fumbles this season.
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