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Cliff Avril intends to play football again

"I believe so," Avril told NFL Network's Steve Wyche on The Aftermath when asked Monday if he will ever play football again. "Right now it's all about recovery. I had surgery. I'm in the process of recovering. It's a long process, a long journey. When I get to the end of that, then I'll figure out what's next."

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril (56) looks up from the sideline with his helmet off during a NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, September 17, 2017 in Seattle. The Seahawks won the game 12-9. (Paul Jasienski via AP)

Coach Pete Carroll even said at the end of the season that Avril is "going to have a hard time coming back." But the 31-year-old pass rusher said on NFL Network that, despite the odds, he's willing to give his career another go.

"I think we're still close enough," Avril insisted. "I for sure think they'll keep the core group of guys around. I think they'll keep the guys who are great leaders around to bring the young players along. So I don't think they'll take too much of step back if they do decide to rebuild."