Avril underwent surgery after seeing a 'core injuries speciallist' Tuesday, Conor Orr of Around the NFL reports. The specific type of surgery has not yet been clarified, but the fact that it had not been heard about until after completion suggests that it was not anything major. Avril was third in the league with 11.5 sacks in 2016 and figures to be a disruptive force for the Seahawks again in 2017 opposite Michael Bennett on the defensive line.
Avril totaled 1.5 sacks Thursday in a 24-3 win against the Rams, giving him 11.5 sacks this season, third in the league. Avril leads defensive linemen in sacks and is two off the pace of league-leaders Vic Beasley and Von Miller. Avril snapped a three-game stretch, his longest of the season, without a sack.
Avril posted his league-leading 10th sack Sunday in a win against the Eagles. Avril needs one more sack to match his career high set in 2011. Linebackers Lorenzo Alexander and Dee Ford also have 10 sacks. Among defensive linemen, the next closest in sacks is teammate Frank Clark and Cameron Wake with 7.5. Avril also got his 25th career strip sack, the most in the NFL since 2008.
Avril notched 1.5 sacks and three tackles Monday. Avril has recorded at least one sack in five straight games, and he now has nine on the season. He also has forced five fumbles over his last five games, and he's been an elite fantasy performer all season.
Avril recorded a sack, a forced fumble and four tackles Sunday against the Saints. He's now sacked opposing quarterbacks 6.5 times over his last four matchups after posting just a single sack in his first three games. In addition, he's also forced three fumbles in the last four weeks, and the third-year defensive end is on a major hot streak. With this level of production, he must be owned in IDP leagues.