Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril wrote on Instagram and Twitter on Tuesday that he had successful surgery. The text in his posts didn’t specify what the surgery was for, but the one on Instagram included a picture of his patient tag and the name of Dr. William C. Meyers, a Philadelphia-based surgeon who specializes in sports hernias and core-muscle injuries. The tag lists Tuesday as the date of surgery.
Meyers has operated on, among others, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, linebacker Mike Morgan and Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano over the last few years. Cano’s surgery was over the offseason while Lynch and Morgan both had theirs in-season. They each missed eight weeks (Morgan may have been able to return before then but had to sit out at least that long per rules of players coming off Injured Reserve).
Point being: If Avril had a similar procedure with a similar recovery time, it shouldn’t impact his availability for any formal offseason practices, which begin in May with Organized Team Activities.
Avril, who turns 31 in April, is coming off a Pro Bowl season in which he led the team with 11.5 sacks, a career-high. He was twice included on Seattle’s injury report with a groin issue – in Weeks 8 and 9 – but was listed as a full participant in all of those practices and didn’t miss a game last season.
Avril is the second Seahawk to reveal that he’s had offseason surgery. Strong safety Kam Chancellor last week posted a post-op photo showing both of his feet in bandages.