Michael Bennett’s injury inspired his teammates

Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett suffered a scary looking injury against the Texans this past Sunday.

Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett couldn’t come back and play after a scary incident in the second quarter Sunday.

That he was able to come back to the sideline at all, though, helped ease the minds of his Seahawk teammates and provide a little spark as Seattle completed a rally from 17 points down to beat the Houston Texans 23-20 in overtime.

Bennett, who has emerged as one of Seattle’s best pass rushers, was carted off the field after he hit Houston quarterback Matt Schaub at waist level, Bennett’s head snapping back as his helmet flew off. Bennett lay facedown on the field for 10 minutes or so, then was placed on a board and transported to a hospital. Tests for significant damage were negative, and he came back to join the team as it completed its comeback and then led a team cheer in the locker room afterward.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said that Bennett suffered a “strained muscle in his back that really grabbed him and really hurt him. They were just really concerned because it was close to his vertebrae. They weren’t sure what it was, so they took good care of him. But he’s OK.”

Seattle corneback Richard Sherman told reporters that it “was an emotional time for us as a defense” to see Bennett get injured.

Sherman also explained how it encouraged them to see Bennett back on the sideline.

“He said, ‘Man, just come on, win this for me. I’m not going to be able to come back in this one,’ ” Sherman said.