Posted January 08, 2013

Reports: Chris Clemons tore ACL and meniscus in Seahawks’ win

Chris Clemons tore his ACL in the Seahawks' win over the Redskins on Sunday and will miss the rest of Seattle's playoff run. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Chris Clemons tore his ACL in the Seahawks’ win over the Redskins on Sunday and will miss the rest of Seattle’s playoff run. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

The Seattle Seahawks will be missing their top pass rusher next weekend when they take on the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Divisional Playoffs. According to multiple reports, defensive end Chris Clemons tore his ACL and meniscus in his left knee during Seattle’s 24-14 playoff win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday and will miss the rest of the season.

ESPN.com’s Ed Werder reported that Clemons will need to have surgery on the knee and will face a lengthy rehabilitation period of up to nine months.

The Seahawks had feared the worst on Clemons’ knee Sunday night, and an MRI confirmed the team’s worries.

Clemons’ injury is a huge blow to a Seattle defense that is preparing to take on the NFC’s top-seeded Atlanta Falcons and quarterback Matt Ryan.

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 to go with 40 tackles and three forced fumbles.

With Clemons out, the focus of the Seahawks’ pass rush turns to rookie Bruce Irvin, who had eight sacks this season. He tweeted that the Seahawks will be “fine” without Clemons on Monday:


7 comments
Paul23
Paul23

How many players must blow out their knees on this field before they do something? Adrian Peterson, RGIII, Chris Clemons. C'mon NFL....you need to step in and do something. This is unacceptable!

MikeRock
MikeRock

The field was terrible. How is it that NFL teams play eight games a year on a field and it looks like a cow pasture, but Major League teams play 81 games on their home stadium and the field looks like a putting green?

MarkFlynn
MarkFlynn

Embarrassing field conditions at FedEx for that game.  At some point, teams in the northeast have to consider different surfaces.  Anyone seriously think that field would be allowed for the Superbowl at the Meadowlands in a few years?  I think not.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

 @Paul23 Adrian Peterson took a direct hit to the knee.  The hit would have blown his knee regardless of the field condition.

Chris23
Chris23

The field had nothing to do with RG III injury.

Chris23
Chris23

Completely different demands from the two sports on the field

Antediluvian
Antediluvian

 @Chris23 You really think RGIII trying to run on that horrible field did not contribute to his injury? Wow!

 

My problem is this is a league where players are fined for socks that don't match, for hits that are deemed unsafe, for excessive celebration of touchdowns, but the league turns a blind eye to correctable conditions that put players at increased risk for severe injury.....but because it would require an owner to come up with some money....it's just not that important.