When Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril left last week’s game against the Indianapolis Colts with a neck injury, there was some major concern on the part of the Seahawks. Just how serious was the injury?
While forcing him from the game in the first half, the injury itself didn’t look too severe. Unfortunately, when it comes to issues relating to the neck, you never know.
Now, according to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer (h/t Pro Football Talk), the injury itself could be career-ending. Glazer notes that Avril will have to make the decision, likely in unison with doctors, to determine whether he will play again. This is something head coach Pete Carroll recently hinted could be on the table (more on that here).
The former Pro Bowler is dealing with numbness from the neck down.
Avril, 31, has been one of the most-consistent players on the Seahawks’ defense since joining the team back in 2013. In his first four seasons with Seattle, the former Detroit Lions standout recorded 33.5 sacks.
We’ll have further updates when they become available.