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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
GM: Bennett surgery not needed yet

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Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider confirmed in a radio interview Tuesday that defensive end Michael Bennett has a torn rotator cuff, but said the free-agent addition will not need to have surgery in "the near future."

"And it's not a situation. Our medical staff felt comfortable with it, especially on a one-year deal. A lot of these guys have gone out -- Dwight Freeney and Osi (Umenyiora) -- a number of these guys are still on the market," Schneider told KJR-AM, according to The (Tacoma) News Tribune.

Bennett's deal is worth $5 million, according to sources. He's one of two pass-rushers added by Seattle this offseason, as Cliff Avril also joined the Seahawks, signing a two-year, $13 million contract.

A league source had told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter about Bennett's injury on Sunday.

When asked whether Bennett would eventually need surgery, Schneider responded: "I would think at some point, but not in the near future," according to The (Everett) Daily Herald.

Schneider said in the interview that it was his "understanding" that Bennett played with the injury last season when the 27-year-old had had a career-high nine sacks for the Buccaneers, starting all 16 games for the first time in his career.

Originally signed as an undrafted free agent, Bennett has 15 sacks in 50 career games (28 starts).

Information from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter was used in this report.