Cliff Avril Injury: Updates on Seahawks Star's Neck and Return

Scott PolacekFeatured Columnist

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril takes a break from drills during NFL football training camp on Friday, July 31, 2015, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
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Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril suffered a neck injury in Sunday's NFC Divisional Round matchup with the Carolina Panthers.

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Carroll Comments on Avril's Injury

Sunday, Jan. 17

Head coach Pete Carroll told reporters Avril is "OK" after Seattle's loss to the Panthers.

Avril a Vital Cog of Seattle's Pass Rush

Seattle reached the past two Super Bowls on the back of its dominant defense, and Avril’s ability to rush the passer is a critical component of that group's production. 

Avril, who played with the Detroit Lions from 2008-12 before joining the Seahawks, tallied at least five sacks every season of his career and exploded for nine during the 2015 campaign as one of the most consistent defensive linemen in the league.

Although Avril left the Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots so doctors could evaluate him for a concussion, his durability along with his talent is what makes him so valuable. With Seattle's season over, Avril will heal up and once again look to help power the Seahawks' imposing defense.