Seahawks Release Avril

Seahawks Release Avril

Defensive end Cliff Avril has been released by the Seattle Seahawks with a failed physical designation due to a neck injury that cost him most of the 2017 season.

Avril’s release Friday was expected and could mean the end of a 10-year career during which he was a standout player for the Seahawks and the Detroit Lions.

Avril was injured in Week 4 against Indianapolis while trying to chase down quarterback Jacoby Brissett. The back of Brissett’s foot caught Avril in the chin as he lunged to make the tackle. Avril was seen shaking his arms and flexing his hands after the impact.

While the play looked innocuous, Avril’s head snapped back violently. Avril never revealed the specific diagnosis for his injury, but coach Pete Carroll repeatedly called it a serious situation. Avril had neck surgery following the season.