Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril sustained a neck injury during the team’s prime-time win over the Colts and has yet to return to football. Avril was out last week against the Rams and has been in a holding pattern while undergoing further testing.
There is a very real possibility that Avril could be out for the remainder of the season.
“Well, we’ll see,” coach Pete Carroll said when asked about Avril’s status going forward. “He’s got some stuff coming up in a couple of weeks, some tests, I’m not sure if it’s two weeks or a week and a half or something like that, but pretty soon. I think when we get back, we’ll know more, and we’ll find out.”
Avril traveled with the Seahawks to Los Angeles and watched his teammates from the bench. Frank Clark and the rest of the defensive line stepped up in Avril’s absence and Carroll feels no pressure to act rashly.
“Like I’ve said all along, we’re going to do everything we can to help him for the long haul and not rush any decisions or make any conclusions on the rush, and we don’t need to,” Carroll continued.” He’s a bright guy, he has a family and all kinds of support and all of that, so we’ll make a really good decision on whatever it is, but we’ll have to wait and see though.”
The Seahawks have a Week 6 bye and Carroll hopes to know more about Avril’s condition by the time the team returns Monday.
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