While the Seattle Seahawks were able to defeat the
Washington Redskins and advance to the Divisional round of the NFC playoffs,
they lost top pass rusher Chris Clemons in the process. While Clemons has been
diagnosed with a knee injury, the Seahawks fear that it’s severe and possibly
even a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), reports Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
Following the game, Clemons’ agent said the defensive
lineman’s knee is not sore but felt “loose.” It’s believed to be an ACL issue,
though the extent will likely be determined later today. Clemons reportedly
blamed the injury on the “crappy” conditions of FedEx Field. Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III also sustained what appeared to be a seriousknee injury late in the game.
If an ACL tear is revealed, Clemons will require surgery and
his season will be over. Not only will his 2012 campaign be impacted by the
injury, but he could also miss time at the beginning of next season given the
projected recovery period.
Clemons led the Seahawks with 11.5 sacks this season, while
he also contributed 40 tackles, three forced fumbles and four passes defensed.
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