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Top Cliff Avril News

  • Cliff Avril: Released with failed physical

    Avril (neck) was released by the Seahawks with a failed physical designation Friday, John Boyle of the team's official site reports.

    Avril sustained a severe neck injury last October that's put his playing career in question, making Seattle's decision to part ways unsurprising. A key piece of a Seahawks unit that led the NFL in scoring defense from 2013 to 2015, Avril racked up 130 tackles and 34.5 sacks during his five seasons with the team. Along with Richard Sherman (49ers) and Michael Bennett (Eagles), Avril is the third big-name player to depart the Seahawks defense this offseason.

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  • Seahawks' Cliff Avril: To reassess future in spring

    Avril (neck) plans to reassess his football future in spring, Brady Henderson of reports.

    Avril suffered a devastating neck injury in October and has yet to proclaim whether football will be in his plans moving forward. The defensive end plans to wait until spring, when he will be about six months removed from surgery, to consider his options. Avril is due $6.5 million in 2018, which will play a factor in the Seahawks' decision whether to retain him, if he is medically cleared to play.

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  • Seahawks' Cliff Avril: Plans to keep playing

    Avril (neck) told Steve Wyche of NFL Network on Monday that he plans to continue his playing career following November disc surgery. "I believe so," Avril said, when asked if he thinks he'll play football again. "Right now it's all about recovery for me. I had surgery. It's a long process, it's a long journey. When I get to the end of that, then I'll figure out what's next."

    Avril required the season-ending procedure after he took a heel to the chin from the Colts' Jacoby Brissett in Week 4, resulting in the defensive end briefly losing feeling in his arms. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll acknowledged that Avril's quality of life could be affected if he continues playing through the neck injury, but it appears the veteran is willing to accept the risk. Avril, who tallied a career-best 11.5 sacks in 2016, is due a base salary of $7 million in 2018, but the Seahawks may want to ensure he's fully healthy before keeping him on the roster heading into next season.

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  • Seahawks' Cliff Avril: Undergoes neck surgery

    Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Avril would undergo surgery this week to address a disc issue in his neck and spine, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

    Avril landed on injured reserve in October after sustaining the neck issue, which briefly caused him to lose feeling in his arms and hands. Given the severity of Avril's situation and the long-term complications spinal injuries can cause, it's possible the 31-year-old could opt for retirement in the offseason. The 10-year veteran, who recorded a career-best 11.5 sacks in 2016, has one year and $7 million remaining on the four-year extension he inked in 2014.

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  • Seahawks' Cliff Avril: Lands on injured reserve

    The Seahawks placed Avril (neck) on injured reserve Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

    This move has been in the works for awhile and at this point, Avril is apparently seriously considering retirement. The 31-year-old could be designated to return from IR after eight weeks, but that seems unlikely based on how things are trending at this time.

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  • Seahawks' Cliff Avril: Expected to hit IR

    Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Avril (neck) will be placed on injured reserve, SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

    Carroll also hinted that Avril may be considering retirement, saying that the pass rusher is visiting with doctors and, "seriously looking at a big decision." The neck injury that's held out Avril since Week 4 could put him at added risk of suffering spine or head injuries if he continues to play.

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  • Seahawks' Cliff Avril: Out for Week 5

    Avril (neck) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Rams, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

    This is unsurprising after head coach Pete Carroll indicated earlier this week that Avril may be dealing with a more severe neck issue. Frank Clark will step in as starting right defensive end in his absence.

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  • Seahawks' Cliff Avril: Deemed week-to-week, likely out Sunday

    Avril (neck) is being viewed as week-to-week and is unlikely to play Sunday against the Rams, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

    Avril is recovering from a bad stinger in his neck and some numbness in his arm after he was inadvertently kicked during the Seahawks' Week 4 victory over the Colts. After the divisional matchup with the Rams, the Seahawks will head into a bye in Week 6, so if Avril demonstrates improvement over the next two-plus weeks, he may miss only one contest. Frank Clark is the top candidate to start at defensive end opposite Michael Bennett for as long as Avril is sidelined.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 260 lbs
Birthplace: Jacksonville, FL, USA
Age: 37
School: Purdue
Experience: 11