The Seattle Seahawks may have lost their top pass rusher during their NFC playoff win Sunday over the Washington Redskins. They fear that defensive end Chris Clemons, who left the team’s win with a knee injury, has torn his ACL and will miss the remainder of the playoffs, according to a report on NFL.com.
Clemons left the Seahawks’ 24-14 win over the Redskins with the knee injury and did not return. His absence would be crucial next week as the Seahawks prepare to take on the NFC’s top-seeded Atlanta Falcons and quarterback Matt Ryan.
“It’s a shame,” Clemons’ agent, Donal Henderson, told NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport. “He’s worked so hard to get there.”
Henderson added that the “crappy conditions” of FedEx Field were to blame for the injury.
Ryan has been sacked a career-high 28 times this season, but the Seahawks’ defensive line instantly becomes less imposing without Clemons. Clemons led the Seahawks with 11.5 sacks this season and had 40 tackles and three forced fumbles.