Jay Glazer of FOX Sports (via Pro Football Talk) reports that Seahawks DE Cliff Avril is facing a decision regarding whether he will continue his NFL career after he suffered a neck injury that ended up being far more serious than expected.
According to Glazer, Avril is experiencing numbness from his neck down to his arm.
Seahawks HC Pete Carroll previously suggested Avril’s neck injury could be career ending.
“Could be. Could be. We are going to go very slowly and make sure takes all the opportunity to talk to as many people as he wants to, to make sure he knows what he’s got, and what we need to do with it,” said Carroll, via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.
Carroll added the team does not know if they will bring back Avril after this year.
“We are just going to take care of him and make sure that he is well, and if he wants to come back, and if we want to bring him back, we’ll let you know when we know, but right now we don’t,” said Carroll.
Avril, 31, is a former third-round pick of the Lions back in 2008. He spent five years in Detroit before signing on with the Seahawks in 2013. He’s currently in the fourth year of his five-year, $35.5 million contract that included $16 million guaranteed and stands to make base salaries of $4.5 million and $7 million over the next two years of the agreement.
In 2017, Avril has appeared in four games and recorded two tackles and one sack for the Seahawks.
We’ll have more regarding Avril as the news is available.