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Seahawks on Friday with a failed physical designation due to a neck injury that cost him most of the 2017 season.Avril’s release was expected and likely means the end of a 10-year career during which he was a standout player for the Seahawks and the Detroit Lions.Avril was injured in Week 4 last season while trying to chase down Indianapolis quarterback Jacoby Brissett. The back of Brissett’s foot caught Avril in the chin as he lunged to make the tackle. Avril was seen shaking his arms and flexing his hands after the impact.While the play looked innocuous Sebastian Janikowski Color Rush Jersey , Avril’s head snapped back violently and he suffered a neck injury. Avril never revealed the specific diagnosis for his injury but coach Pete Carroll repeatedly called it a serious situation. Avril had neck surgery following the season.Carroll praised Avril after Seattle concluded the first day of its rookie minicamp.“He’s been a great leader. He’s been a bit of a statesman for us. He always says the right thing, stands for the right stuff and been a really high character guy that you can always count on,” Carroll said. “A great competitor in the program. I love him and would like to keep him connected with our club as long as we can because he’s just exactly what you hope to represent you. He’s had a great career with us.”Avril arrived in Seattle before the 2013 season and instantly helped transform the Seahawks defense into one of the best in recent memory. He was part of a rotation at first but became a full-time starter in 2014. His best season came in 2016 when Avril had a career-high 11 sacks and was voted to the Pro Bowl for the only time in his career.Avril spent five seasons in Detroit before coming to Seattle. He was a third-round pick out of Purdue and suffered through a 0-16 season in his rookie year with the Lions. He became a standout in Detroit but experienced his greatest team success in Seattle, helping the team win the Super Bowl in his first season with the Seahawks. He made a return trip to the championship game with the team the following year.“Thank you 12s for making the last 5 years in Seattle so amazing!” Avril wrote in a post on Instagram . “Your cheers on Sundays are unmatched, and you guys are by far the best fans in the NFL! Most importantly, I appreciate and value the lifelong friendships I’ve made. You all have supported my family, my foundation (the Cliff Avril Family Foundation), and I throughout my entire tenure, and I could not have asked for more! THANK YOU to the entire Seahawk organization as well as my teammates. You all made me a Pro Bowler and a Super Bowl Champ! I am forever grateful.”Releasing Avril will save Seattle about $6 million against the salary cap. But the Seahawks will also be faced with replacing another productive standout from a defense that had already seen the departures of Michael Bennett and Richard Sherman earlier this offseason. A six-game suspension for Jarran Reed to start the season has only intensified the magnifying glass upon the lack of proven pass rush production on the Seahawks’ roster.The team’s need for pass rushers was illustrated by their signing of former Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah shortly after the compensatory draft pick threshold in May was reached. That was before Reed, who jumped from three sacks in his first two years combined to 10.5 sacks last year Dontae Johnson Color Rush Jersey , was hit with a suspension for a personal conduct policy violation that will keep him out until mid-October.Both Ansah and tight end Will Dissly, who ruptured his patella tendon last October, avoided the physically unable to perform list to start training camp for Seattle.While Dissly is much closer to a return to the practice fields, Ansah will be brought along more slowly. The reason the team wanted to keep Ansah active was so he could take part in walkthrough sessions with the team as he continues to work on strengthening his shoulders after surgery this offseason.“We are just going to ease our way into these days and see how he can handle the work, don’t want to rush it,” head coach Pete Carroll said Thursday. “We thought all along that it would probably be all the way through camp. So, the fact that he isn’t on PUP now and he’s going to get in work and be in walkthroughs today so he can actively be involved.”Ansah is by far the most proven edge rusher on Seattle’s roster. However, his status has remained up in the air as he continues to work back from the injury that ultimately ended his tenure in Detroit. Ansah has posted seasons with 14.5 and 12.0 sacks in his six years with Detroit. The most productive outside pass rusher besides Ansah on the Seahawks’ roster is former Seattle draft pick Cassius Marsh, who notched 5.5 sacks last year with the San Francisco 49ers.Carroll, who is optimistic by nature D.J. Fluker Color Rush Jersey , remains hopeful that Ansah will be ready for the start of the season. Regardless of whether he makes that deadline or not, Carroll said Ansah is progressing well in his recovery process and he is fully healed from the surgery. The fact he isn’t on the PUP list would seem to indicate Seattle believes he’ll be ready far earlier than a six-week stint on the in-season PUP list would allow.“His shoulder is healed, it’s solid,” he said. “They did all of the retesting again, just in the last couple days, to ensure that. He’s got a little bit of soreness in the lifting coming back, but really nothing to hold him back. It’s just a matter of keep getting stronger and making sure it’s really secure before we go. He’s bench pressing and doing the dumbbells and all that kind of stuff. He’s got good strength, he’ll get better strength. He came back at 270, he was 250 something when he came back in the springtime. He’s really built back up and that’s about his playing weight right in there. We are really looking forward to him being a big factor.”
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