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Report: Michael Bennett has a torn rotator cuff

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Carolina Panthers

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Michael Bennett #71 and Gerald McCoy #93 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrate after Bennett’s sack of Cam Newton #1 the Carolina Panthers during play at Bank of America Stadium on November 18, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Tampa Bay won 27-21 in overtime. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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The Ravens made some big news Sunday afternoon with the signing of Elvis Dumervil, but that’s hardly the only development involving pass rushers who recently signed with new teams.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that newly signed Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett was diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff. Per Schefter, the injury is why Bennett wound up signing a one-year deal for $5 million in Seattle as the projected market was stunted by the news of his injury.

There’s no word on where in the rehab process Bennett is at present or if he has had surgery to repair the injury, so his status for offseason activities and training camp could be affected. If he is, the Seahawks may have to lean on Cliff Avril and Bruce Irvin more early in the season to generate a pass rush.

Bennett isn’t the only question mark up front for the Seahawks defense. Chris Clemons is recovering from a torn ACL, which was part of the reason why the Seahawks signed both Avril and Bennett. If all breaks right, the Seahawks could have a deep and productive pass rush but all the injuries means there’s now a greater risk that won’t come to pass.