The Seattle Seahawks could miss veteran defensive end Michael Bennett for the rest of the season. Bennett has a right knee injury that will force him out in Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints. The bad news is that the injury could require surgery, which will force him out of the Seahawks line-up for the 2016 season.
Seattle head coach Pete Carroll stated to reporters Friday the knee injury. Tests showed that Bennett has a cartilage problem and which could have been caused by a play during the Atlanta Falcons game in Week 6.
“We’re going to check him on Monday and see if there’s something we can do for him,” Carroll stated. “His knee bothered him after the game coming out so we’re going to take care of him. We’ll look into seeing what’s necessary next week.”
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Bennett is an important player in the Seahawks’ top defensive team. The 30-year-old Bennett has 24 tackles so far this year with three sacks. Other defensive players from Seattle should step up to help the Seahawks with Cassiuh Marsh and Frank Clark are gaining playing time with the injury to Bennett.
The Seahawks has a 4-1-1 record on top of the AFC West. They had a three-game winning streak (wins over the San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets and Falcons) snapped with the tie to the Arizona Cardinals.
Meanwhile, Seattle could be getting back running back Thomas Rawls soon.
“We’re still a couple weeks away. We won’t know until he starts to do the workload and all of that. But now we’ve got to get him in shape again and get him right. And we’ll take our time doing that so that once he’s back, he’ll hopefully be coming back for good,” Carroll stated to ESPN.
Without Bennett, the Seahawks will face the Saints then the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots in the next few weeks.