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Cliff Avril | Defensive Lineman | #56

Team: Seattle Seahawks
Age / DOB:  (31) / 4/8/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 260
College: Purdue
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 3 (92) / DET
Contract: view contract details

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Seahawks DE Cliff Avril underwent a second surgery last week.
Much like his first surgery, Avril broke the news himself with an Instagram picture showing a hospital wrist tag. It is unclear if the second surgery is related to the groin operation he underwent in February or if he has suffered a setback. In the post, Avril writes he will be "back to the grind in a week." His availability for OTAs is completely up in the air. Apr 4 - 11:45 AM

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Seahawks DE Cliff Avril underwent groin surgery on Tuesday.

Avril broke the news himself on Twitter. The operation was performed by Dr. William C. Meyers, who specializes in sports hernia injuries. The surgery could knock Avril out of OTAs, but he should be good to go well before training camp. Avril recorded 11.5 sacks and earned his first Pro Bowl nod in 2016.
Feb 14 - 11:42 AM

Seahawks RE Cliff Avril has been declared out of the Super Bowl with a concussion.

Avril suffered the brain injury in the third quarter. Although he started every Seahawks game this season, Avril is essentially a situational pass rusher. He finished the regular season with five sacks and 23 tackles.
Sun, Feb 1, 2015 09:19:00 PM

Seahawks signed DE Cliff Avril to a four-year, $28.5 million contract extension through 2018.

The deal includes $16 million guaranteed. After Avril accepted a discount from the Seahawks prior to the 2013 season on a two-year contract, it appears the 28-year-old pass rusher is taking another one to stay in Seattle. Avril has graded out as a top-seven pass-rushing 4-3 end at Pro Football Focus in 2014, as he currently sits fourth at the position with 38 quarterback hurries. He has 12.5 sacks across 29 regular-season games for the Seahawks. Seattle continues to lock up its talent.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 12:09:00 PM

DE Cliff Avril is hoping for a long-term extension from the Seahawks.

Avril notoriously turned down a three-year, $30 million offer from the Lions in the summer of 2012 because he thought he could get more in 2013 free agency. It didn't happen, as he settled for a two-year, $13 million deal with Seattle. Avril understandably doesn't want to go back into free agency in 2015, but he should find a warmer market if he keeps up his current level of play. He had eight sacks, five forced fumbles and an impressive 33 quarterback hurries despite playing roughly half the snaps this season.
Mon, Jan 27, 2014 09:29:00 AM

Seahawks RE Cliff Avril (hamstring) is active for Week 2 against the 49ers.

Avril has practiced the last two weeks after missing most of the preseason with a hamstring injury and will make his Seahawks debut on Sunday night, as expected. He'll immediately take over the starting right end and "Leo" pass rushing role. Chris Clemons (knee) still isn't ready to return and remains week to week.
Sun, Sep 15, 2013 08:00:00 PM

Seahawks RE Cliff Avril (hamstring) is expected to make his Seattle debut Sunday.

Avril missed most of the preseason and Week 1 with a serious pull. But he returned to practice last week and was almost ready to face the Panthers. Avril will slide right in at right end, boosting an already dominant and insanely deep front seven. He has 29 sacks over the last three seasons.
Wed, Sep 11, 2013 10:26:00 AM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll believes RE Cliff Avril (hamstring) has a "great chance" to return in Week 2 against the 49ers.

Carroll makes a habit of being coach gumdrops, so take this with a grain of salt. Carroll originally called Avril a "game-day decision" for Week 1, but he didn't come close to playing. Avril has still barely practiced since signing with the Seahawks in March.
Mon, Sep 9, 2013 01:16:00 PM

Updating a previous item, Seahawks RE Cliff Avril (hamstring) is listed as doubtful for Week 1 at Carolina.

Coach Pete Carroll initially called Avril a "game-day decision," but the doubtful listing strongly indicates he will not play. The Seahawks figure to turn to a rotation at "Leo" pass rusher of O'Brien Schofield and UDFA Benson Mayowa. Their pass rush could certainly be diminished against Cam Newton.
Fri, Sep 6, 2013 04:31:00 PM

Seahawks RE Cliff Avril (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday.

Avril has been limited all preseason by hamstring/foot injuries. His status for Week 1 remains up in the air. With Chris Clemons (knee) unavailable for Sunday's game, O'Brien Schofield will draw the start if Avril is ruled out.
Wed, Sep 4, 2013 03:43:00 PM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is unsure of RE Cliff Avril's (hamstring) Week 1 status.

"As of (Wednesday) morning he’s feeling better and we’re hoping he will be able to go next week," Carroll said. "But we won’t know until we get there, though." Carroll usually deals in unbounded optimism, so it's telling he's unwilling to guarantee Avril's health for the opener. Avril has had barely a healthy day since signing with Seattle in March.
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 04:08:00 PM

Seahawks RE Cliff Avril is out indefinitely with an aggravated hamstring injury.

Avril has seemingly been banged up ever since the Seahawks signed him, also missing almost all of spring practices with a plantar fascia tear. His status for Week 1 is unknown. Meanwhile, however, Seattle has gotten explosive edge rushing from UDFA Benson Mayowa, who looks like the real deal. The Seahawks are good and deep enough up front to withstand some missed time from Avril.
Mon, Aug 26, 2013 01:08:00 PM

Seahawks RE Cliff Avril (plantar fascia) returned to practice on the final day of minicamp and will be all systems go for training camp.

It appears he's fully recovered. A high-end DE2 per Rotoworld IDP maven Jeff Ratcliffe, Avril should have no trouble pacing Seattle in sacks. At the "Leo" position Avril will play, incumbent RE Chris Clemons tallied 11-plus sacks in three straight seasons. Avril is a more talented speed rusher than Clemons.
Tue, Jun 18, 2013 01:26:00 AM

Seahawks DE Cliff Avril is sitting out OTAs with plantar fascia in his foot.

Avril has been dealing with the issue for four weeks, but he's still a "couple weeks" away from taking part in on-field drills. Per coach Pete Carroll, Avril will "run some" this week. He'll then need time to rest the foot and "wait it out." Avril is expected to be the Hawks' starting "Leo" pass rusher in Week 1.
Mon, May 20, 2013 07:25:00 PM

Updating a previous item, Cliff Avril's two-year deal with the Seahawks is worth just $13 million in base value.

The defensive end-needy Lions surprisingly didn't exceed or match Seattle's offer after franchising Avril for over $10 million in 2012. A left defensive end in Detroit, Avril will play right end or "Leo" with the Seahawks. Seattle figures to open the season with a starting front four of Avril, Red Bryant, Brandon Mebane, and either Michael Bennett or Clinton McDonald at "three-technique" tackle.
Mon, Mar 18, 2013 12:57:00 PM

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