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Cliff Avril Injury: Updates on Seahawks Star's Recovery from Surgery

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 14:   Cliff Avril #56 of the Seattle Seahawks looks on during the game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on January 14, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistFebruary 14, 2017

Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Cliff Avril announced Tuesday on social media that he underwent surgery, which was a "success."  

Continue for updates.


Timeline for Avril's Recovery Unclear

Tuesday, Feb. 14

Avril posted a message on Instagram after the procedure. Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times noted William C. Meyers, the doctor listed in the defensive end's picture, focuses on "sports hernia and other procedures involving the core of the body."

It's unclear when the injury occurred or whether it was an effort to alleviate some type of lingering issue.

Avril appeared in all 16 of the team's regular-season games in 2016, marking the third straight year he's accomplished that feat. He's been one of the league's most durable defenders since the Detroit Lions selected him in the third round of the 2008 draft. He's missed just eight games in nine seasons.

The 30-year-old Purdue product also played in both of the Seahawks' playoff games as well as the Pro Bowl, where he racked up two tackles and a sack in the NFC's 20-13 loss. The latter is interesting since a lot of players pull out of the league's All-Star showcase because of various ailments.

Avril is coming off one of the best statistical seasons of his career. The Florida native registered 39 combined tackles, 11.5 sacks and five forced fumbles for the league's third-ranked scoring defense. It's the second time he's reached double-digit sacks (2011 with the Lions).

He's the second Seattle defender to individually announce offseason surgery so far in 2017. In February, star safety Kam Chancellor made word of his lower-body procedures public via Instagram. Like Avril, he didn't provide specifics about the surgery, per Derek Lewis of 247Sports.

Avril didn't provide a timetable for his return to full strength. The good news for the Seahawks is he has more than five months until training camp, even if he does miss some offseason work.

Spotrac noted he's under contract for two more years, with a reasonable $5.5 million cap hit for the 2017 campaign. Assuming he's fully recovered, he'll slot back in as the team's starting right defensive end with high pass-rushing expectations.

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