Two weeks ago against the Atlanta Falcons, Michael Bennett injured his knee during a play where he was cut blocked by left tackle Jake Matthews.
The Pro Bowl defensive lineman managed to play the following week in the outrageous tie against the Seahawks' divisional rival the Arizona Cardinals. Whether or not it was a wise decision to play him remains to be seen.
If you're looking for an answer to that last statement, you may be about to receive it, as the situation appears to have become worse for the 30-year-old.
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According to NFL.com, Bennett will not be playing against the Saints this weekend because of the knee injury he picked up against the Falcons. They also announced that he 'might need to undergo surgery to repair cartilage damage in his knee,' meaning he could miss even more time.
The NFL.com report also stated that Carroll said a decision as to whether or not the defensive lineman needs surgery will be determined next week.
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This really isn't the news that the Seahawks wanted, as they'll be losing a key player on their defense. He isn't the only possible big name absentee on the Seattle defense.
Safety Kam Chancellor has been listed as doubtful for the game as well, meaning he will most likely miss the game too, making it even easier for the Saints to throw the ball this weekend.
With no Bennett on the pass rush, and possibly no Chancellor on pass coverage, New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees could have a field day against the Seahawks defense inside the Superdome this weekend.