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Seahawks’ Michael Bennett optimistic he’ll play Sunday despite foot injury

Michael Bennett, Eagles

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett is optimistic he’ll play this Sunday against the New York Giants, Curtis Crabtree of Pro Football Talk reported.

“The foot hurts, I mean, obviously,” Bennett said on Wednesday. “As many years as I’ve played in the NFL, you deal with pain as you go through, and I think for me it’s just being able to focus on the game and not too much worry about it because once you make that decision to play, then you have to play through it. For me, that’s just dealing with the pain during the game.

Bennett hurt his foot in Week 5’s 16-10 win over the Los Angeles Rams and was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis following the contest. However, the Seahawks had an extra week of rest thanks to a Week 6 bye. While the pain in his foot persists, Bennett believes he’ll be able to brave through it.

Bennett, who has played in 52.31% of the Seahawks’ defensive snaps this season, plays a vital role for Seattle’s defense. His presence becomes even more important considering that his teammate Cliff Avril could be out for a long time with a neck injury.

Bennett paces the team with 4.5 sacks, and together with Frank Clark, they will serve as the Seahawks’ top pass rushers from the edges moving forward.

The Seahawks are looking to keep their momentum going as they try to extend their win streak to three games against the Giants.