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3-2, 2nd in NFC West
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Video: Pete Carroll on defensive ends Frank Clark, Marcus Smith and newcomer Branden Jackson, who are seeing increased roles in Cliff Avril's absence.

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Seattle expects Bennett Sun.; others unknown

A thin Seahawks team expects Michael Bennett to be ready for Sunday's game against the Giants, but many others are unknown, and coach Pete Carroll says Cliff Avril might not play again.

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The full Seahawks practice report for Thursday. Pete Carroll said it looks like DL Michael Bennett will be able to play vs. the Giants. CB Jeremy Lane's status is uncertain.

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Pete Carroll was asked how much concern there is that DE Cliff Avril may never play again because of his neck/spine injury. Carroll's response: “We have to wait and see on that. That's really up to the docs and Cliff and all that kind of stuff, and I'm one-thousand percent supportive of whatever we need to do here to help him, and so that's why we're taking our time. The IR thing gives him six weeks at least to figure whatever else we can figure out. But he's not sure what's best for him right now and he's trying to find that out. We're giving him hopefully a good sense and a comfort that we're going to support it all the way throughout and figure out what's best and all that."

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FPI: Near coin flip at the Meadowlands

ESPN's FPI gives the Seahawks a very slight advantage in Sunday's game, the third-tightest matchup of Week 7. The Giants have lost three straight to the Hawks, including two in a row at home.

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Pete Carroll confirmed that DE Cliff Avril is going on injured reserve, though it hasn't happened yet. No decision yet on whether or not Avril (neck/spine) will have surgery.

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No firm word from Pete Carroll on CB Jeremy Lane's status for Sunday vs. the Giants. He just returned to practice from a groin injury he suffered in Week 4 vs. the Colts. Carroll said the team will need to see how he responds over the next few days.

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Pete Carroll said DL Michael Bennett (foot) practiced today and it looks like he'll be able to play Sunday vs. the Giants.

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Short shorts are making a comeback at Seahawks practice:

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Also from ESPN Stats & Information: the Seahawks' defense has allowed a touchdown on only 23 percent of opponents' drives that reached the red zone this season, the best rate in the NFL. Buffalo is next at 33 percent. Seattle is allowing 1.5 points per drive, fifth-best in the league.

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Three interrelated and telling numbers about the Seahawks' passing game this season, via ESPN Stats & Information: Russell Wilson has been sacked or put under duress on 32 percent of his dropbacks (fifth-highest in the NFL); he's held the ball for an average of 2.8 seconds before throwing (third-longest); and he's attempted 36 passes from outside the pocket (tied for the most).

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Russell Wilson was asked today for his take on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell saying he thinks players should stand during the national anthem. Wilson: “I think everybody has their own opinions and everything else. I believe in the national anthem in the sense of America and what it represents, or is supposed to represent at least, I should say. Everybody has their different views. For our football team, we're about bringing people together and that's really our only focus. The good thing is there is actual dialogue and I think that's really the intent of all of this is to have dialogue around what's going on in our country more than anything else and actually converting that dialogue into change. I think that change is really what matters more than anything else. It's being able to love people better and try to do better throughout that process.”

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Video: Michael Bennett says, "I think the first step to even being able to even have a conversation (with the NFL) is making sure that Colin Kaepernick gets an opportunity to play in the NFL."

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Here's the full Seahawks practice report for today:

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The Seahawks' practice report lists DL Michael Bennett (heel) as not participating today despite coach Pete Carroll saying yesterday that he likely would. Bennett said earlier in the day that he plans on playing Sunday against the Giants. He's dealing with what Carroll previously called a plantar fascia foot injury. CB Jeremy Lane, who hasn't played since injuring his groin in the first quarter of Week 4, also missed practice today.

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Carroll: DE Avril (neck/spine) heading to IR

Pro Bowl DE Cliff Avril, who suffered a neck/spine injury in Week 4, is heading to injured reserve and may miss the rest of the season, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said in a radio interview on Wednesday.

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The Seahawks are placing DE Cliff Avril on injured reserve, coach Pete Carroll told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday. Avril has been out since suffering a neck/spine injury in Week 4. He would have to miss at least eight weeks while on IR.

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Seahawks DL Michael Bennett, who's dealing with a plantar fascia foot injury, said he plans on playing Sunday against the Giants.

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Seahawks DL Michael Bennett said the discussions between NFL players and the league need to start with Colin Kaepernick getting an opportunity to play. Bennett said that was brought up in the meetings on Tuesday.

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Seahawks DL Michael Bennett says he plans to sit for the national anthem going forward. Bennett began sitting during the anthem at the start of the preseason and did so through the first two-regular-season games. The Seahawks remained in the locker room during the anthem in Week. Bennett and the rest of Seattle's defensive line sat in Week 4 and all players stood in Week 5. Frank Clark said after that game that the defensive linemen who sat during the anthem the week prior decided to stand to honor the victims of the Las Vegas shootings

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Seahawks rookie DL Malik McDowell, who's been out since suffering a concussion in an ATV accident before training camp, was cleared to begin conditioning work two weeks ago, Pete Carroll said. Carroll said recently that the team hasn't ruled out the possibility of its top draft playing at some point this season, but McDowell remains a long ways away from returning to the field. "It's a slow process to get him back out here," Carroll said. "He hasn't done anything for months. We're being very careful, of course, but it's a good sign for him.”

Team Stats

Passing Yards228.416th
Rushing Yards109.215th
Points For22.016th
Points Against17.46th

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