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Cliff Avril: Released with failed physical
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 and his ability to continue his playing career is very much in question, making Seattle's decision to part ways not surprising. 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. He joins Richard Sherman (49ers) and Michael Bennett (Eagles) as the Seahawks' third big-name player to surrender his roster spot this offseason.

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Seahawks' Cliff Avril: To reassess future in spring
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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
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 continued 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
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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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Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2008Detroit Lions152318.055000.0000
2009Detroit Lions134127.0145.5000.0003
2010Detroit Lions133323.0108.5000.0005
2011Detroit Lions163629.0711144.0414
2012Detroit Lions163528.079.5000.0001
2013Seattle Seahawks152013.078000.0004
2014Seattle Seahawks162315.085000.0002
2015Seattle Seahawks164731.0169000.0007
2016Seattle Seahawks163920.01911.5000.0003
2017Seattle Seahawks422.001000.0000
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2008Detroit Lions15004011010
2009Detroit Lions1300300000
2010Detroit Lions13001011010
2011Detroit Lions16006032431
2012Detroit Lions1600200000
2013Seattle Seahawks1500501010
2014Seattle Seahawks1600101010
2015Seattle Seahawks1600200000
2016Seattle Seahawks1600500000
2017Seattle Seahawks400000000

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