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Cliff Avril exits with concussion

AP

Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril exited the Super Bowl in the third quarter and will not be back.

The Seahawks have confirmed that Avril is being evaluated for a concussion. If he is in fact diagnosed with a concussion, he will not be permitted to return, under NFL rules.

It looked scary when Avril went down face first and remained motionless on the field, and Seattle’s medical staff sprinted onto the field to check on him. Avril was able to get up and walk off under his own power, and he headed to the locker room to get checked out.

If Avril can’t return, the Seahawks will miss him. The good news for Seattle is that defensive end Michael Bennett is having an excellent game, continually pressuring Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Without Avril, Seattle will need even more from Bennett.

UPDATE 9:17 p.m. ET: Avril is out for the game with a concussion.

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