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Seahawks vs. Falcons: Seattle's Chris Clemons fears torn ACL

The Seattle Seahawks daunting defense may be without one of their key players in defensive end Chris Clemons, who is believed to have suffered a torn ACL on Sunday.


After overcoming a 14 point deficit on the road against the Washington Redskins, the Seattle Seahawks advanced to the divisional round of the NFL playoffs, where the Atlanta Falcons await. However, the Seahawks may have lost defensive end Chris Clemons to a torn ACL injury, via Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

The injury occurred during Washington's first drive in the second quarter. Seattle ruled Clemons doubtful to return during the game, and doctors now believe the defensive end suffered a torn ACL. The Seahawks have scheduled a MRI for Monday morning.

Clemons, 31, is one of the top players part of the daunting Seahawks defense. The defensive end registered 11.5 sacks while forcing three fumbles for Seattle in 2012. He added two tackles in his time on Sunday while adding a strip sack that was overturned because of a penalty.

If he is indeed out for Sunday's playoff game, the Seahawks could start rookie speed rusher Bruce Irvin, who is also a problem for opposing offensive units. The rookie registered eight sacks for Seattle in 2012.

Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons will host the visiting Seattle Seahawks at the Georgia Dome on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. ET.

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