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Michael Bennett Injury: Seahawks DE Suffers Possible Concussion vs. Rams

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 16, 2016

Oct 16, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett (72) in action during a NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Seahawks beat the Los Angeles Rams 24-3 on Thursday, but the team announced defensive lineman Michael Bennett was evaluated for a potential concussion.

After the game, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Bennett "wrenched his neck" but is ok, per John Boyle of the team's official website.

Bennett had been relatively healthy throughout his career, playing all 16 games in each of the last four seasons. This year has been harder, however, with the veteran missing time due to knee surgery and now suffering another ailment that could force him off the field.

When healthy, Bennett is one of the top defensive players in the entire NFL. He went to the Pro Bowl last season after totaling 10 sacks and 52 tackles.

Beyond the numbers, he has a key role with the Seahawks thanks to his versatility to play virtually anywhere on the defensive line. Frank Clark replaced him at defensive end last time, although even the second-year player knows he is a step down.

"I think Mike, no one in the NFL plays the position better than him, simply said," Clark said in November, per Nick Patterson of HeraldNet.com. "I think he’s the best at what he does. I’m not trying to replace him or anything, I’m just here to do my job and be the best Frank Clark I can be."

Clark should once again take over at defensive end, with Damontre Moore also earning some snaps in relief.

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