Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/7/13

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 12: Defensive end Chris Clemons of the Seattle Seahawks encourages the cheering crowd during the NFL season opener against the San Francisco 49ers at Qwest Field on September 12, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Tests on the left knee of Chris Clemons confirmed the Seattle Seahawks' defensive end suffered a torn ACL in Sunday's victory against the Washington Redskins, according to ESPN.com, citing a source close to the player. Clemons leads the Seahawks with 11.5 sacks, and his absence likely will mean first-round pick Bruce Irvin will move from the left side to the right side on passing downs. However, Irvin a situational pass rusher at this stage. Greg Suggs, a rookie out of Louisville, would also see increased snaps in Clemons' absence. He was active for 11 games during the regular season, recording six tackles and a pair of sacks. "It's a shame," Clemons' agent, Donal Henderson, told NFL.com on Sunday. "He's worked so hard to get there." Henderson believes the conditions at FedEx Field contributed to the injury. Clemons was wearing 3/4-inch cleats to get traction on the slippery surface. If Clemons indeed tore his ACL, he would undergo surgery and likely be sidelined until at least the beginning of next season. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said the team will also consider bringing in kickers for tryouts this week in case Steve Hauschka is unable to play at the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday due to a strained left calf.
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