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Michael Bennett expected to practice this week after scary injury

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The Seattle Seahawks had to watch as defensive end Michael Bennett was carted off the field at Reliant Stadium in Houston on Sunday afternoon.

Bennett had been bent backward awkwardly after colliding with Texans’ quarterback Matt Schaub in the pocket with less than a minute to play in the second quarter. Bennett remained face down on the turf for several minutes before being placed on a stretcher and taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Bennett suffered a lower back injury and was released from the hospital in time to return with the team Sunday night. Head coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Bennett felt good Monday and the expectation is for him to be able to practice this week and play against the Indianapolis Colts.

“He went from where he was to he was feeling pretty good today,” Carroll said. “So we’re excited about that for him. He was really scared. They had him in all of the alerts and didn’t know what was going on. But, I just checked him before I came in, he’s going to go this week and we’ll see how much he can work with the thought that he can go this week.”

Bennett has been a solid addition to the Seahawks defensive line. He’s compiled 2.5 sacks in four games and has given Seattle a pass rush presence in the interior of their defensive line.

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6 Responses to “Michael Bennett expected to practice this week after scary injury”
  1. hoosyadaddy says: Oct 1, 2013 12:44 AM

    Excellent news. Glad to hear Michael is doing great.

  2. whoopteedo says: Oct 1, 2013 1:13 AM

    His spinal cord was stretched to the max and his brain stem in a 45 degree angle but they intend to play him this weekend. This is the most disturbing news.

  3. beastmode5150 says: Oct 1, 2013 1:27 AM

    Welcome back! Getting Bruce Irvin back this week also.
    #richgetricher

  4. pacificnw7722 says: Oct 1, 2013 1:34 AM

    Michael Bennett is a key player on defense for the Hawks. Thank God he didn’t get seriously hurt.

    GO HAWKS!!

    BTW…..Welcome back Bruce Irvin!

  5. dennisatunity says: Oct 1, 2013 1:38 AM

    He’s a good player and they say he’s a good man, too. I’m glad he’s going to be OK.

  6. thebirdofprey2 says: Oct 1, 2013 12:40 PM

    Andrew Luck, I think you are a great young QB. But this week you are going to see Bruce Irvin, Chris Clemons, Micheal Bennett, Cliff Avril at the same time on passing downs. Trent Richardson and Bradshaw need to get yardage or the Seahawks d-line or secondary are going to be eating well this weekend. Go Hawks!

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