Seahawks DE Chris Clemons May Have Torn ACL; Consequences Could be Dire

Seahawks DE Chris Clemons may have a torn his ACL during Seattle’s Wild Card round win against the Redskins, according to Michael David Smith.

A key component of the Seahawk defense, Chris Clemons has had an excellent season with 11.5 sacks, beating his 2010 and 2011 totals. ¬†Clemons, 31, has played for several teams from the Eagles to the ‘Skins in his career before playing with Seattle. He had played all 16 games of the regular season with the Seahawks and will have an MRI in Seattle on Monday to determine if he is injured.

The possible consequences for the Seahawks could be almost catastrophic if Clemons has torn his ACL.

As the Seahawks will play the Falcons, with a quarterback (Matt Ryan) that loves to throw the football, Seattle will need all the pass rushing they can get to beat Atlanta and head to the NFC Championship Game.  Although the Seahawks defense is rated very highly in a number of categories and, on average, keeps opponents to 15.3 points per game, losing Clemons could give the Falcons a leg up in their Divisional Round game.

If Ryan has more time to throw, Roddy White and Julio Jones will have a chance to compete against Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner, which will make the game one to be won or lost in the secondary.

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