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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 (neck, injured reserve) says he's not considering retirement.
Avril said he's getting "numerous" opinions, but that he plans to return for an 11th NFL season in 2018. Coach Pete Carroll is one of the sources who has suggested Avril has played his final down of football. It's always a possibility with neck issues. Due $7.5 million between salary and bonuses next season, Avril turns 32 in April. Oct 19 - 6:42 PM

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Seahawks placed DE Cliff Avril (neck) on injured reserve.

Avril is meeting with specialists, but he's likely done for the year. He's reportedly considering retirement. Frank Clark will continue to get the majority of Avril's snaps.
Oct 18 - 5:03 PM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll suggested DE Cliff Avril's neck injury could be career ending.

Avril has already been ruled out for Sunday and is week to week. He's at least going to be sidelined through Seattle's bye and isn't a lock to return this season. Frank Clark will pick up the majority of Avril's snaps.
Oct 4 - 5:44 PM

Seahawks DE Cliff Avril is dealing with a "serious stinger" that will "take a while to figure out."

A stinger is a nerve issue in the neck, and Avril is experiencing numbness down his arm. In his absence, the Seahawks will turn to Frank Clark and Eagles castoff Marcus Smith. Avril should be considered week to week.
Oct 2 - 6:24 PM

The Seahawks are reportedly "concerned" about DE Cliff Avril (neck).

They signed DL Quinton Jefferson off the Rams' practice squad as insurance. Avril has at least eight sacks in six of the last seven seasons and is Seattle's second-best pass rusher behind Michael Bennett. His timetable is uncertain.
Oct 2 - 4:19 PM

Seahawks DE Cliff Avril suffered a neck injury in Week 4 against the Colts.

Avril was ruled out in the second quarter. Frank Clark will pick up more snaps in his absence.
Oct 1 - 9:28 PM

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

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

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