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September 17, 2013
NFL Boilers: Avril back for Week 2
Cliff Avril returned from his hamstring injury Sunday, only the latest ailment that plagued his first offseason in Seattle, to make an immediate impact with the Seahawks.
The defensive end, who signed a two-year $13-million contract with Seattle, was part of the Seahawks domination of NFC West rival San Francisco on Sunday night.
Avril had a sack-fumble that helped lead to a Seattle field goal in the first half, only the start of the Seahawks' 29-3 route.
"It's great that Cliff finally gets a chance to play and he was really a factor early and really had a chance to get three sacks in the game," Seattle coach Pete Carroll told The Seattle Times. "Cool to see that happen right off the bat."
Avril is in his first season in Seattle, after accumulating 39.5 sacks in five NFL seasons in Detroit.
After only a couple days of preparation for Sunday's game against Kansas City, Dallas defensive end Anthony Spencer gave it a go.
And despite coming back from left knee surgery, Spencer was on the field fairly significantly, lining up for 34 of the Cowboys' 67 defensive plays, according to the Dallas Morning News.
But Monday, Spencer said he was sore following the game.
Not only is Spencer working his way back from injury, but he is doing so at a new position. The former linebacker is lining up most often as the Cowboys' strong-side defensive end.
Although he wasn't flagged in the game, Titans' safety Bernard Pollard could be fined following a hit on Texans' wide receiver Andre Johnson.
If he is fined, it'll be the third time this season for Pollard, who collected two in the preseason as well.
Dennis Kelly is likely to miss his third game to start the season.
He's out with a back injury.
Drew Brees, while still very productive, is getting older, as are a class of NFL quarterbacks who have dominated the league over the last decade-plus.
The following is a look at the NFL Boilers, their roles and their Week 2 statistics.
Dallas Cowboys (1-1, 17-16 loss at Kansas City; host St. Louis at 1 p.m. Sunday)
Tennessee Titans (1-1, 30-24 OT loss at Houston; host San Diego at 1 p.m. Sunday)
Carolina Panthers (0-2, 24-23 loss at Buffalo; host New York Giants at 1 p.m. Sunday)
Denver Broncos (2-0, 41-23 win at New York Giants; host Oakland at 8:40 p.m. Monday)
Green Bay Packers (1-1, 38-20 win over Washington; play at Cincinnati at 1 p.m. Sunday)
Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2, 19-9 loss at Oakland; play at Seattle at 4:25 p.m. Sunday)
New England Patriots (2-0, 13-10 win over New York Jets; host Tampa Bay at 1 p.m. Sunday)
New Orleans Saints (2-0, 16-14 win at Tampa Bay; host Arizona at 1 p.m. Sunday)
New York Giants (0-2, 41-23 loss to Denver; play at Carolina at 1 p.m. Sunday)
Philadelphia Eagles (1-1, 33-30 loss to San Diego; host Kansas City at 8:25 p.m. Thursday)
San Diego Chargers (1-1, 33-30 win at Philadelphia; play at Tennessee at 1 p.m. Sunday)
Seattle Seahawks (2-0, 29-3 win over San Francisco; host Jacksonville at 4:25 p.m. Sunday)
Washington Redskins (0-2, 38-20 loss at Green Bay; host Detroit at 1 p.m. Sunday)
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