Injury Report: Michael Bennett suffered torn rotator cuff

3/25/13 in NFL   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsDefensive tackle Michael Bennett drew interest from a lot of teams on the open market soon after being released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But, when Michael Bennett signed on a one-year contract worth $5 million with the Seattle Seahawks, many assumed it was due to the depressed free agent market that had been especially tough on the cornerbacks, defensive backs and defensive ends.
However, further details recently brought to like indicate that there may have been a health concern that scared off teams interested in Michael Bennett. The five-year veteran Michael Bennett was diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff, which could also have played a role in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ decision to release Michael Bennett when he cost too much money for that kind of risk.
Michael Bennett reportedly made it on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ injury report with a shoulder injury in 2012, which means he played through the rotator cuff injury while posting nine sacks and becoming one of the league leaders in tackles for loss last season. He still started all 16-games last season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while taking 88.68 percent of teams’ defensive snaps.
Its’ still not clear whether Michael Bennett will need to undergo surgery to repair the torn rotator cuff, and how long could the rehabilitation process last. This development essentially puts Michael Bennett’s offseason and training camp status up in the air (possibly missing early season if surgery is undertaken). But its certain if Michael Bennett plays through the torn rotator in the 2013 season, his production could suffer.
This puts another question mark at the Seattle Seahawks’ defensive line with veteran defensive end Chris Clemons also recovering from reconstructive knee surgery.
While the one-year contract puts Michael Bennett back on the open market next offseason, it also allows him to make a 100 percent recovery and post a highly productive season to earn a more lucrative long-term future deal while demanding greater interest from other teams during free agency.
Originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Texas A&M, Michael Bennett part of his rookie season with the Seattle Seahawks before being claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009. He has totaled 98 tackles, 15 sacks and three pass break ups in 50 career games (including 28 starts).
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