Reed had surgery Tuesday to repair a sports hernia, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Reed expects to recover within 4-to-6 weeks, giving him plenty of time to get ready for the start of training camp. He'll presumably be held out of all offseason practices, coming off a breakout 2018 campaign with 50 tackles (34 solo) and 10.5 sacks in 16 games (all starts). The 2016 second-round pick is the only proven pass rusher on Seattle's roster after defensive end Frank Clark was traded to Kansas City on Tuesday.
Reed logged three tackles and two sacks in Sunday's win over the Cardinals.
After registering a combined three sacks over his first two seasons, Reed emerged as a menacing pass rusher with 10.5 sacks, trailing only Frank Clark (14) on the Seahawks and tying for the 17th-most sacks in the league overall. The 2016 second-round pick will be leaned on heavily in the playoffs, and he'll look to repeat this dominating performance in 2019's contract year.
Reed (oblique) is active for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.
Reed has yet to miss a game this season, and will play through a lingering obligue injury Week 16. The pass rusher's presence will be a notable boon for Seattle's defense against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs.
Coach Pete Carroll said Reed (oblique) is expected to play Sunday versus the 49ers, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Reed has taken a serious step forward this year with 6.5 sacks in 13 games after having just three sacks through his first two seasons. He'll benefit if he can shake his injury, as Reed notched a sack in Week 13 against the 49ers.
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