As one of 17 new players on the Seattle Seahawks’ active roster, Cliff Avril would like a chance to prove his worth to his teammates.
Avril was signed in free agency as a potential solution to Seattle’s ailing pass rush. But the former Detroit Lions player missed most of the offseason training program because of a plantar fascia issue in his foot, and did not play in the exhibition season because of a nagging hamstring injury.
Avril, who signed a two-year, $13 million contract with the Seahawks in free agency, was a limited participant in practice Wednesday while he attempts to get healthy enough so he can play in Seattle’s season opener Sunday at Carolina.
“I’m very, very, very frustrated,” Avril said. “I’m very frustrated in the sense of since I basically signed, I’ve been out. So it’s very frustrating. I can’t show my teammates – more so than anything – what I’m able to do, so it’s definitely frustrating.”
As an athlete, Avril wants to play. However, he also understands that sitting out for a few weeks now to make sure he’s fully healthy could mean not aggravating the injury later in the season.
“You want to get out there, but you definitely don’t want this thing lingering on all season long, and then you’re not performing well,” he said. “So it is a balance.”
With Avril out, O’Brien Schofield is penciled in to start at “Leo” defensive end – meaning he’s also a linebacker – while Avril works his way back into game shape.
“I think I’m a little further than they expected me to be as far as being able to get out there and run around,” Avril said. “So it’s all about how I’m feeling. Hopefully, as the week progresses, I’m getting better and better.”