Seattle Seahawks’ defensive end Michael Bennett will have arthroscopic knee surgery this week to repair some damaged cartilage. He is expected to miss two-to-three weeks as he recovers from the procedure, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Even before it was learned that Bennett’s injury would require surgery, the Seahawks had ruled him out of Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints with a knee injury allegedly suffered in Week 6 against the Atlanta Falcons. Even with the injury, the veteran pass rusher had played 81 snaps and recorded three tackles in Week 7 against the Arizona Cardinals.
Bennett is one of the central players to the Seahawks’ defense. After making his first career Pro Bowl last season, Bennett is once again one of the more productive members of the Seattle unit. He has three sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss this season.
Last year’s second-round draft pick Frank Clark is the likely candidate to replace Bennett on the Seattle defensive line. In five games in 2016, Clark has 4.5 sacks and one forced fumble.
Seattle has already had their bye week this season in Week 5, so Bennett’s two-to-three week absence will coincide with the same number of games missed. Seattle currently leads the NFC West division with a 4-1-1 record, largely on the strength of a defense that has given up the fewest points in the NFL. However, the unit is also suffering from an injury to safety Kam Chancellor, who will miss his third consecutive game on Sunday.