After previously reporting that Seattle Seahawks’ defensive end Michael Bennett’s knee injury was likely just a bruise, reports now indicate that the star defender may be forced to undergo surgery. For now, he has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints.
“We’re going to check him on Monday and see if there’s something we can do for him,” head coach Pete Carroll said. “His knee bothered him after the game coming out so we’re going to take care of him.”
The game Carroll is referring to was two weeks ago against the Atlanta Falcons, in which offensive tackle Jake Matthews chop blocked Bennett and took him out of the game. However, the veteran pass rusher still managed to record a season-high five tackles before exiting the contest. Needless to say, Bennett didn’t appreciate the move even if it stayed within NFL rules and went a bit uncensored after the game.
“To me it’s a scary, [expletive)] move,” he said after the game. “Honestly, I think if you dive at someone else’s legs, you’re a little [expletive]. If you are big in the NFL, you just line up and play — why you got to cut someone on the [expletive] play? I mean, I don’t know. That [expletive] is just stupid to me.”
Bennett missing a week of football is unprecedented. He hasn’t missed a game in Seattle since arriving in 2013 and had made 38 consecutive starts. In that four-season span, he has registered 28.5 sacks and 154 total tackles. Last season was his first Pro Bowl appearance as he was likely on pace for another appearance this year before being injured.