By Sarah Berkowitz
The Eagles are catching a bigtime break as they prepare to head west for Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.
According to Pete Carroll, the Eagles likely won’t have to face Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett.
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.
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.