Over the weekend, it was revealed that newly signed Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett has been diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff in his shoulder.
Surgery to repair that injury has a recovery time of three to six months, which left open some question as to his availability for offseason work. Seahawks General Manager John Schneider was on the air with KJR in Seattle Tuesday and said that the team knew about Bennett’s injury before signing him. He also said that the team was comfortable that he’d be able to fulfill his end of the deal and that surgery wasn’t planned right now.
“I would think at some point, but not in the near future,” Schneider said when asked about Bennett needing surgery, via John Boyle of the Everett Herald.
Bennett played with the injury last season, when he recorded nine sacks to lead a Buccaneers pass rush without the depth Seattle has in that department. That gives Schneider and the Seahawks plenty of reason to believe he’ll be able to keep playing at a high level despite his injury.