Pete Carroll: Cliff Avril’s neck injury “could be” a long-term thing

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Seahawks coach Pete Carroll created a bit of a stir with Wednesday comments about the status of defensive end Cliff Avril, who suffered a neck injury against the Colts on Sunday night. Regarded by plenty as an indicated that the injury is potentially career-ending, Carroll didn’t quite go that far.

Asked whether the injury possibly is long-term in nature, Carroll said: “It could be. Could be, yeah. Like I’m saying, we are going very slowly, making sure that he takes the opportunity to talk to as many people as he needs to talk to so he knows what he’s got and what we need to do with it and we are just going to take care of him and make sure he is well.  If he wants to come back and we want to bring him back, then we will let you know when we know. But right now, we don’t.”

The last two sentences are indeed ominous, with the reference to “if he wants to come back and we want to bring him back.” But it still feels a little premature to flag Avril as having a career-ending injury. At a minimum, however, there is cause for concern.

17 responses to “Pete Carroll: Cliff Avril’s neck injury “could be” a long-term thing

  1. Pete-the-Cheat just doesn’t know when to stop needing to lie about the seriousness of injuries.

  2. Pretty sure I remember Cliff Avril lighting up Tony Romo in a preseason game which essentially ended his career, and even celebrated afterward. This pull at my heart strings? No, not so much.

  3. Wow. He’s had a good career. I remember when he was a 4th rd pick out of Purdue drafted by Matt Millen. Suffice to say he has overcome some steep odds already! Good luck cliff!, you have had a great career if you can walk away from the game intact sometimes that’s not the worst outcome!

  4. 49er fan here, no love for the Seahawks as a team, but I never want to see an individual get hurt playing this game. You are a baller and hope all the signs are wrong, and you are able to pick up where you left off. If you choose to. Good luck, and speedy recovery.

  5. niner fan here as well. Hate to see these types of injuries. Avril’s an impact player and his absence will be felt. Rest up, and get better soon. Want to see you back in action when we play again.

  6. Cliff has paid his dues in Seattle, if he wants to come back he should be able to for honor’s sake. I didn’t like hearing the “if we want him back” qualifier.

  7. Reading between the lines here, it sure sounds like its over for Avril.

    He has 2 sons, he’s active in charities, builds houses in Haiti.. he has better things to live for than football.

  8. Pete-the-Cheat just doesn’t know when to stop needing to lie about the seriousness of injuries.

    You ran Pete out of New England. Then beat him in the Super Bowl.

    Still not enough for you?

  9. I can not remember a coach ever saying “if we want him back” shortly after a injury! Avril is a good player, those words can only mean the injury may very well affect his play for the rest of his career (if there even is a future career).

  10. Speaking extemporaneously in complete, clear, and concise sentences has never been Pete’s strong suit. Stop reading so much into it.

    As for Avril? The way he fell looks like he could have ‘impinged’ the brachial plexuses affecting both arms and shoulders. That can be a fairly long-term injury that has a tendency to recur. Best of luck, Cliff.

  11. When Seattle had a deep offensive line, Cliff Avril was a pass rushing OLB. He said at that time it will prolong his career playing OLB, but since then Seattle’s DL has been depleted. All of the DL starters (Michael Bennett was not a starter) in the SB against Denver are gone. Since then, Avril had to play DE full time. No wonder his career may be shortened.

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