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Saturday, September 4, 2010
Thoughts on Nick Reed's injury settlement

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Chris Clemons was first and Nick Reed second.

That was the word from Lofa Tatupu when I asked the Seattle Seahawks' linebacker midway through training camp to name the best pass-rushers on the team. My initial thought was that it's a bad sign when a backup chosen in the seventh round of the previous year's draft ranks among a team's top two pass-rushers. But Reed did possess a surprising knack for finding quarterbacks.

Circumstances have changed. Reed suffered a knee injury that will lead the Seahawks to release him with an injury settlement. Rookie Dexter Davis has also emerged as a more prominent pass-rush threat for Seattle.

Perhaps the team will get more contributions along those lines from Aaron Curry.

Losing Reed still hurts depth, however. The injury settlement allows Reed to re-sign with the Seahawks or join another team at an unknown point during the regular season.

The roster move will help Seattle reach the 53-man limit Saturday. Reed was going to need at least a few weeks to recover, anyway.