Multiple reports tonight say that the Seahawks think that DE Chris Clemons has a torn ACL and will be out for the remainder of the playoffs. He is schedule to have an MRI Monday morning.
Jan 6, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons (91) lies on the ground after being injured against the Washington Redskins in the fourth quarter in the NFC Wild Card playoff game at FedEx Field. The Seahawks won 24-14. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
I’m not sure who to credit with breaking this first as I’ve seen it form a lot of people (I saw it first on NFL.com). I don’t like not giving credit for stories like this. I’m not there, and certainly not breaking this story, I’m just trying to pass it along.
If Clemons is indeed out, rookie first round pick Bruce Irvin will get the start at the Leo DE position. Irvin took over there in the 4th quarter after the Clemons injury, and looked solid rushing the QB.
It remains to be seen if Irvin can hold up against the run. At this point, he in considered a 1 dimensional pass rusher. That’s not a good sign considering the Seahawks will be facing Michael Turner in Atlanta next week. Don’t be surprised if DE/DT Greg Scruggs gets snaps in that spot in obvious running situations.
The Seahawks currently only have 4 DE on the roster including Clemons. I expect that they will sign a pass rusher early in the week if Clemons is indeed going to be out.
Don’t be surprised if it turns out to be former Falcon’s standout DE Ray Edwards who was released earlier in the year. He worked out for the Seahawks back around Christmas, but the Seahawks decided to add a LB instead since LeRoy Hill and Malcom Smith were both injured.