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Michael Bennett | Defensive Lineman | #72

Team: Seattle Seahawks
Age / DOB:  (31) / 11/13/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 274
College: Texas A&M
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Seahawks DE Michael Bennett (knee) is active for Week 13 against the Panthers.
Bennett returns after missing the last five weeks. The Seahawks also have FS Earl Thomas back after a one-game absence. Inactive for Seattle are OT Garry Gilliam, RB C.J. Prosise, WR Paul Richardson, RB Alex Collins, LB Brock Coyle, TE Luke Willson, and DT John Jenkins. Dec 4 - 7:09 PM

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Seahawks DE Michael Bennett (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Panthers.

Seahawks FS Earl Thomas was removed from the injury report, so he'll will start against Carolina. Bennett's status is less certain, but most signs point to him playing as well. Seahawks RCB Deshawn Shead is also off the injury report after missing Week 12. Whereas the Panthers' defense is in disarray, the Seahawks' defense is nearing full strength for the stretch run.
Dec 2 - 4:11 PM

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett (knee) returned to a full practice on Wednesday.

Bennett has been playing it close to the vest, but all signs point to him returning in Week 13. Earl Thomas (hamstring) was also a full participant at Wednesday's practice. It looks like the Seahawks will be at close to full strength Sunday against Carolina.
Nov 30 - 7:22 PM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confirmed that DE Michael Bennett (knee) is on track to play against the Panthers in Week 13.

He hasn't played since injuring his knee in Week 7. Carroll is optimistic about Bennett's status every week, but this time we think he'll actually play. He'll be a big boost to the Seahawks' pass rush.
Nov 30 - 5:53 PM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said DE Michael Bennett (knee) "should come back" this week.

Carroll has said basically the same thing about Week 12. We will wait until Bennett returns to the practice field before penciling him into the starting lineup. Carroll also thinks FS Earl Thomas (hamstring) and CB DeShawn Shead (hamstring) could return this week.
Nov 28 - 12:51 PM

Seahawks declared Michael Bennett (knee), Earl Thomas (hamstring), C.J. Prosise (shoulder), RB Troymaine Pope (ankle), CB DeShawn Shead (hamstring), OLB Brock Coyle (foot), and DE Damontre Moore (foot) inactive for Week 12 against the Bucs.

The Seahawks were hoping Bennett could return this week, but he did not practice at all before being ruled out on Friday. Both he and Thomas have a chance to return next week. Shead should also be able to play next week after coming down to a game-time decision against the Bucs. Prosise has not been put on injured reserve, but he is very unlikely to play again in the regular season. With he and Pope out, Alex Collins should backup Thomas Rawls.
Nov 27 - 2:34 PM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Michael Bennett (knee) is eying a Week 12 return.

Bennett recently resumed running but it's unlikely he'll be ready to go Sunday against the Eagles. While all signs point to Bennett returning against Tampa Bay in Week 12, Carroll cautions that the team isn't going to "rush it." Bennett had his knee scope two weeks ago.
Nov 16 - 4:55 PM

Speaking Monday, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Michael Bennett (knee) remains a "couple of weeks" from returning.

Bennett seemed to have an outside shot at returning as early as Week 11, but that's not going to happen. With huge out-of-conference wins over the Bills and Patriots, the Seahawks have bought themselves a little breathing room in the NFC West, and time to be careful with their linchpin pass rusher.
Nov 14 - 1:03 PM

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett (knee) has been cleared to run.

Coach Pete Carroll said Bennett’s recovery is going "really well." Bennett remains on track to return in 1-2 weeks.
Nov 12 - 7:20 PM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he expects DE Michael Bennett (knee) to return in a week or two.

He had a knee scope last week. It sounds like Bennett's been making good progress, though he won't be available Sunday against the Patriots. Frank Clark will draw another start at defensive end.
Nov 9 - 5:46 PM

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Wednesday.

He faces a 2-3 week recovery. Frank Clark will continue to fill at left end. It's not a big downgrade as Clark holds PFF's eighth-highest grade among 4-3 defensive ends.
Nov 3 - 3:34 PM

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett is expected to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on Monday.

The operation will sideline him for 2-3 weeks. Bennett has played well this year, grading out as PFF's fourth-best 4-3 defensive end out of 50 qualifiers. Despite his impending surgery, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Seahawks have opened extension talks with Bennett, who is headed for free agency in 2018. Frank Clark will likely start opposite Cliff Avril during Bennett's absence.
Oct 30 - 8:14 AM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said DE Michael Bennett might need knee surgery.

Bennett is scheduled to undergo further tests Monday after an MRI revealed "a little cartilage" damage late this week. Bennett originally suffered the injury against Atlanta two weeks ago, but he was able to play 81 snaps Sunday night. A difference maker on defense, losing Bennett would be a big blow.
Oct 29 - 10:17 AM

Seahawks DE/DT Michael Bennett (knee) has been ruled out for Week 8.

Bennett and SS Kam Chancellor (groin) are difference makers, and their absences will be felt in the Superdome. These are upgrades to Drew Brees' matchup, in addition to Mark Ingram's.
Oct 28 - 4:38 PM

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett is practicing in full this week.

Bennett's Week 6 knee scare proved nothing more than a minor nick. Bennett has been his usually-disruptive self this season, piling up three sacks through five games with PFF's No. 1 run-defense grade among 4-3 defensive ends.
Oct 19 - 9:09 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Russell Wilson
2Trevone Boykin
RB1Thomas Rawls
2C.J. Prosise
3Alex Collins
GLB1Thomas Rawls
2C.J. Prosise
3RB1C.J. Prosise
2Thomas Rawls
FB1Marcel Reece
WR11Doug Baldwin
2Paul Richardson
3Tanner McEvoy
WR21Jermaine Kearse
2Tyler Lockett
WR31Tyler Lockett
TE1Jimmy Graham
2Luke Willson
3Nick Vannett
4Brandon Williams
LT1Bradley Sowell
2George Fant
LG1Mark Glowinski
2Rees Odhiambo
C1Justin Britt
2Joey Hunt
RG1Germain Ifedi
RT1Garry Gilliam
K1Steven Hauschka