Has This Seahawk “Pain In The Neck” Played His Last Game?
When the National Anthem is played Sunday afternoon at the Los Angeles Coliseum right before the Seattle Seahawks play the Los Angeles Rams, don’t look for 31-year-old Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril to be virtue signaling against injustice, racism, the death of Michael Brown, President Trump or whatever else floats his boat, like he did last week in Seattle against the Indianapolis Colts.
In fact, don’t look for Avril on the field at all!
Call it poetic justice, but Avril is taking “pain in the neck” to a new level.
Avril suffered a neck injury last Sunday night in the first half of the team’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Now ProFootballTalk/NBC is reporting that Avril may not be coming back any time soon. According to that source:
Asked if Avril’s injury could be a long-term thing, [Seahawks coach Pete] Carroll answered, “Could be. Could be.”
“Like I’m saying, we’re going very slowly and making sure that he takes the opportunity to talk to as many people as he needs to talk to so he knows what he’s got and what we need to do with it and we’re just going to take care of him and make sure that he’s well. And if he wants to come back, and we want to bring him back, we’ll let you know when we know but right now we don’t,” Carroll said.
That Carroll even raised the issue of “if he wants to come back” suggests that Avril could consider retiring rather than risk another neck injury.
It is worth noting that Avril’s ancestors were not even slaves in this country. His parents are from Haiti and willingly chose on their own to come to this country … whose flag their son chooses to protest.