Seahawks GM confirms newly signed DE has torn rotator cuff

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SEATTLE — Seahawks general manager John Schneider confirmed that newly signed defensive end Michael Bennett has a torn rotator cuff, but said the the team’s medical staff “felt comfortable with it.”

The Seahawks signed the free agent and former Tampa Bay Buccaneer March 15 to a one-year, $5 million deal.

Bennett’s injury was first reported Monday by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

“It is true,” Schneider said in an interview on KRJ-AM Tuesday. “I do know he [Bennett] played every game last year with [the injury], that’s the understanding. Our medical staff felt comfortable with it, especially on a one-year deal.”

Schneider went on to say that Bennett’s injury would need to be repaired at some point, but not anytime in the near future. He fully expects Bennett to play with the injury as he did throughout 2012, when he racked up nine sacks and three forced fumbles while playing with Tampa Bay.

“The majority of them were as an inside rusher,” Schneider said of Bennett’s 2012 sack total. “It’s how we’re going to use him, like a three-technique inside rusher.

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  • Brian

    When I first heard about this injury, I was a little freaked out. Then I found out that it wasn't a serious injury and he had played through it before while being productive. The Seahawks will rotate between Bennet and Bruce Irvin so Bennet doesn't get burned out. Not a bad signing, considering its only one year.

  • WelfareTaco

    @Brian Yeah, this isn't new news honestly. They signed him fully knowing he had the injury. In fact, if he didn't disclose it to the Seahawks, the contract would be null and void anyway for non-disclosure. The injury is the reason the Seahawks got him on the cheap. In fact, I think half of his contract is incentive-based. So if the injury flares up, he'll only get half. 2 1/2 million in the grand scheme of things is a great risk for a guy with 9 sacks and 3 fumbles on a terrible team. With a defense-heavy Seahawks, those numbers could go up.