According to Pete Carroll, the Eagles likely won’t have to face Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett when they fly across the country to play the Seahawks this Sunday.
From the indomitable Sheil Kapadia:
Carroll said it would be "miraculous" if Michael Bennett returned for Eagles game. Sounds like at least another week. https://t.co/WG9YK8YG7h— Sheil Kapadia (@SheilKapadia) November 15, 2016
Bennett hasn’t played since the Seahawks’ Week 7 tie with the Cardinals. He had surgery to repair cartilage damage in his right knee, and was expected to miss 2-3 weeks. Now, it sounds like it could be four weeks.
If the Eagles don’t have to face Bennett, they’re catching a pretty big break. Bennett had a career year last year (10.0 sacks, two forced fumbles) and was on a pretty solid pace to start this season as well, with three sacks in his first six games of the year.
In Bennett’s absence, Seattle’s defense is allowing 122 rush yards per game, much higher than their season average of 96.7 rush yards per game.
The Seahawks’ defense is still stellar even without Bennett, but his absence could prove to be a boon for an Eagles offense looking to put together two consecutive strong outings.