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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 signed DE MIchael Bennett to a three-year, $31.5 million extension through 2020.
Bennett had one year left on his deal in 2017 and was set to count $9.5 million against the cap. This deal likely lowers that number on top of making Bennett happy after he seems to cause a stir almost every offseason in regards to his contract. Bennett just turned 31 last month, so this could be the last deal of his career. He's currently PFF's 6th-ranked 4-3 end and No. 1 versus the run. Fri, Dec 30, 2016 12:05:00 PM

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Seahawks DE Michael Bennett is not listed on the Week 16 injury report.

Bennett missed Wednesday's practice with a neck injury, but he practiced in full on Friday and will start against the Cardinals' weakened offensive line.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 03:19:00 PM

Michael Bennett (neck) didn't practice on Wednesday.

The Seahawks don't seem overly concerned about his status but it's something to watch for with Seattle playing on a short week. Bennett has been one of the better edge players in football when healthy this year. He holds PFF's sixth-highest grade among 4-3 defensive ends.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 07:43:00 PM

Michael Bennett (neck) is expected to be "fine" for Week 16.

Bennett tweaked his neck late in last Thursday's win over the Rams, but is no worse for the wear. Bennett will be one of the Seahawks' most important players down the stretch and into the postseason.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 03:41:00 PM

Updating an earlier item, Michael Bennett has a "tweaked" neck, and not a concussion.

Bennett evidently passed his concussion test. He gave himself a vicious shot in the fourth quarter, but with nine days of rest for Week 16, seems like he'll be ready to go against the Cardinals.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 12:20:00 AM

Michael Bennett is in the league's concussion protocol.

Bennett knocked himself out destroying a Rams running play in the fourth quarter. In the words of Cris Collinsworth, Bennett bench pressed Tyler Higbee before a violent collision with Todd Gurley. Bennett was clearly dazed. He has nine days to get cleared for Week 16 against the Cardinals.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 11:59:00 PM

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.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 07:09:00 PM

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.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 04:11:00 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.
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 07:22:00 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.
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 05:53:00 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.
Mon, Nov 28, 2016 12:51:00 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.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 02:34:00 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.
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 04:55:00 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.
Mon, Nov 14, 2016 01:03:00 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.
Sat, Nov 12, 2016 07:20:00 PM

Depth Charts

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QB1Russell Wilson
2Trevone Boykin
RB1Eddie Lacy
2Thomas Rawls
3C.J. Prosise
4Alex Collins
5Troymaine Pope
GLB1Eddie Lacy
2Thomas Rawls
3RB1C.J. Prosise
2Eddie Lacy
FB1Brandon Cottom
2Tre Madden
3Malcolm Johnson
WR11Doug Baldwin
2Paul Richardson
3Tanner McEvoy
4Tyler Slavin
5Rodney Smith
WR21Jermaine Kearse
2Tyler Lockett
3Kenny Lawler
4Jamel Johnson
5Kasen Williams
WR31Tyler Lockett
TE1Jimmy Graham
2Luke Willson
3Nick Vannett
4Ronnie Shields
5Joe Sommers
LT1George Fant
2Rees Odhiambo
LG1Luke Joeckel
2Mark Glowinski
3Will Pericak
C1Justin Britt
2Joey Hunt
3Ross Burbank
RG1Germain Ifedi
2Robert Myers
RT1Garry Gilliam
2Oday Aboushi
K1Blair Walsh
2John Lunsford