Seattle defensive tackle Michael Bennett said he plans to keep playing through a nagging big toe injury he said he has dealt with for five years.
Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett continues to battle a big-toe injury that held him out of practice Wednesday, four days after saying his pain level was 10 on a scale of 1-10 when he played against Arizona.
But Bennett said Thursday not to worry that he won’t be ready for Sunday’s wild-card playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings.
As Bennett prepared for Thursday’s practice he said, “Everything feels good (with his toe). It’s all getting better, stronger. Just trying to be ready for this game.’’
Bennett played 41 of a possible 58 snaps Sunday against Arizona, despite the injury, despite that he had had an injection in the toe the previous Wednesday, and despite Seattle having the game well in hand most the way. He hasn’t missed a game since coming back to Seattle in 2013.
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Bennett revealed Thursday that he has actually battled the toe injury for five years, which would date to his time in Tampa Bay from 2009-12 after being released by the Seahawks before the 2009 season.
“Hasn’t slowed me down,’’ he said. “Just played through it.’’
Asked what the specific injury is, Bennett laughed and said, “I don’t know. I’m not a doctor. I just know I’m dealing with pain, and it hurts.I don’t know the actual prognosis of it, but it’s a painful injury and I’ve been dealing with it for a while.’’
The injury got worse when he aggravated it against the Ravens on Dec. 13, which led to the decision last week to have an injection.
Bennett said he has had surgery on the toe but added it’s tough injury to get over with him being a football player.
“Toes are one of those things,’’ he said. “It’s hard to get better.’’