Despite registering 11 total quarterback pressures in yesterday's 24-14 win, the Seattle Seahawks may have lost their most feared pass-rusher for the remainder of the playoffs. Initial reports indicate defensive end Chris Clemons has indeed torn his ACL (via NFL.com).
Clemons' injury occurred with 9:02 left to play in the third quarter and it was believed that the poor field conditions at FedEx Field contributed heavily to the injury. Donal Henderson, Clemons' agent, said "Clemons' knee is not sore but feels 'loose.'"
Regardless of that feeling, the Seahawks defensive end will undergo an MRI on Monday to confirm the severity of the injury.
With Clemons out, rookie first-round pick Bruce Irvin will start in his place. However, overall, it leaves the defensive line very thin. It is believed, amidst wide speculation, that former Atlanta Falcon Ray Edwards would be the next logical choice to take Clemons' roster spot:
If Chris Clemons is in fact out next week, wonder if the Seahawks take a second look at Ray Edwards? h/t @brian_mcintyre— Scott Enyeart (@ScottEnyeart) January 7, 2013
Edwards worked out for the Seahawks on Christmas Eve, but Seattle opted to pass on him and instead promoted linebacker Allen Bradford to the active roster from the practice squad.
Who knows, maybe their original intent was to work him out just in case a scenario like this came up.
It never hurts to do your due diligence on a player who could help your club down the stretch. No one really knows what Edwards has left in terms of production, but without a doubt he would be motivated to make an impact against his former team in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
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