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.
Avril (neck) plans to reassess his football future in spring, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Avril (neck) may be dealing with a long-term issue, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Avril's arm went numb during Sunday's 46-18 win over the Colts, and subsequent testing suggests he may have a serious neck or spinal concern. Given the nature of the injury, the Seahawks want him to be cautious and obtain the best medical information. Avril will miss Week 5 against the Rams and likely will be out beyond that. Carroll's comments suggest that the team won't let Avril play anytime soon.
Head coach Pete Carroll stated that Avril (neck) won't play Sunday against the Rams, Tony Drovetto of the Seahawks' official site reports.
Seattle will need to replace Avril's pass rush presence in order to slow down streaking Rams quarterback Jared Goff, as well as running back Todd Gurley. Frank Clark is positioned to take Avril's place on Seattle's defensive front for the time being.
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.
Head coach Pete Carroll said Avril (neck) will be out "a while," Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
While the exact nature of Avril's injury isn't clear, Carroll said the defensive end is experiencing numbness down his arm, which signals nerve damage. Thus, Avril is likely out indefinitely and will yield his starting spot to Frank Clark until further notice.
Avril (neck) will not return to Sunday's game against the Colts.
The nature of Avril's neck injury remains uncertain. He'll presumably go in for further testing Monday.
Avril (neck) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Colts.
While the extent Avril's injury isn't clear, it's never good when a player is being checked out for damage to his head/neck region. Look for Frank Clark to take on all the snaps he can handle in Avril's absence.
Avril (abdomen) was not listed on Seattle's injury report Wednesday, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.
As expected, this means that Avril will be good to go for Sunday's matchup with Green Bay, who contained him to just two tackles and zero sacks in 2016. Michael Bennett (undisclosed) was also left off of this injury report, meaning the Packers will have to focus on shutting down both defensive ends.
Avril is set to undergo Regenokine treatment and will not play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Raiders as a result, Liz Mathews of USA Today reports.
The exact injury Avril is being treated for was not reported, but the linebacker did undergo two core muscle surgeries during the offseason, so it could be related to that. Either way, head coach Pete Carroll is not concerned with the defensive end's health, and Avril should be ready to go for the start of the season.
Avril (abdomen) was "constantly in the backfield" during the Seahawks' scrimmage Monday, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.
Avril, who underwent a pair of core muscle surgeries this offseason, doesn't appear to be limited in the slightest during training camp and should be in full force for the Seahawks' preseason opener Sunday against the Chargers.
Avril (abdomen) recently underwent a second offseason surgery, USA Today's Lindsey Wisniewski reports.
Just like the first surgery Avril underwent six weeks ago, the details surrounding this second operation aren't clear. Most concerning, though, is that it's unknown if he'd suffered a setback in his recovery from the initial procedure. There is no timetable for his return.
Avril underwent surgery after seeing a 'core injuries specialist' 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 tied for sixth 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.