Michael Bennett spent a few Sundays the last month watching the Seahawks on TV at home “painting my daughter’s nails.’’
“You have to do daddy stuff when you are at home,’’ said Bennett, who has three daughters.
But the expectation is that Bennett will return this week to his usual Sunday role of anchoring the defensive line after missing the last five games to have arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage damage in his knee.
Bennett suffered the injury in a game against Atlanta on Oct. 16 when he took a chop block from Falcons’ offensive tackle Jake Matthews.
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Bennett played the next week at Arizona before it was then determined he should have surgery.
“You can’t play through it,’’ Bennett said of the decision to have surgery at mid-season.
Bennett said playing at Arizona was “a tough game’’ which ultimately helped prove to him that he had to get the knee fixed.
“Overall it will be better in the long run,’’ he said.
It’s the first time Bennett had missed more than three games in a season since his rookie year in 2009 when he was still making his mark as an undrafted free agent with Tampa Bay.
That the team made him available to the media indicates he is expected to play, and coach Pete Carroll said before Bennett met the media that he is on track to return.
“(But) he’s got to go through practice and see if he can make it through the week and all that,’’ Carroll said.
Asked if he would play this week, Bennett said “I don’t know yet. Propaganda.’’
The latter was a word Bennett used a lot to deflect questions.
Bennett’s agent, Doug Hendrickson, Tweeted late Tuesday night that he was “working on a deal’’ and referenced having seen Bennett, the implication being that he was in town talking to the team about an extension.
Bennett, though, called the tweet “propaganda. I was sleeping last night.’’
And of getting an extension?
“I don’t know,’’ he said. “It’s all propaganda. You never know.’’
While Bennett has not gotten a new deal from the Seahawks the past two off-seasons despite making clear that he would like one, it’s been thought all along the team would try to extend him when it considered the time was right.
Bennett entered this season with two years left on the four-year, $27.5 million contract he signed in March, 2014.
But it has been thought all along that the two sides are at least continuing to work on the framework of a deal for when the time is right.
Whether that means something gets done during the season or afterward remains unclear — maybe now that the Seahawks are more than halfway through the year the team might not consider it going against the two-year precedent. Seattle has earlier resisted giving Bennett an extension because it typically does not extend contracts that have more than a year remaining.
Propaganda or not, it appears the wheels remain in motion to keep Bennett in Seattle past the 2017 season.