FLOWERY BRANCH — Seattle defensive end Chris Clemons, the former Georgia standout from Griffin, is out for the divisional playoff game against the Falcons at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Georgia Dome.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll updated the media on his availability on Monday.
“We’ll miss him,” said coach Pete Carroll according to the Seattle Times. “[It's] a big loss for us in a lot of ways. Chris has been a great football player, just a symbol of consistency for the years we’ve had them. But he’s been a great leader for us and a tough dude, and a guy we just have become very comfortable with.”
Clemons suffered the knee injury in the second half of Sunday’s 24-14 win over the Washington Redskins. The injury, a torn anterior cruciate ligament and damage meniscus, will require surgery.
Clemons, who was undrafted, has 33.5 sacks since 2010, which is tied for sixth best in the league. He is a first alternate for the Pro Bowl after amassing a career-high 11.5 sacks this season.
“It means Bruce Irvin will probably have to step into that role,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “Bruce is a guy that is very similar in stature to Clemons. He had eight sacks in the regular season. Had one yesterday in the ballgame. He’s the 12th pick in the draft if I’m not mistaken. A guy that can get up the field very similar to Chris (Clemons).”
Irvin, who played at West Virginia, is from Stone Mountain. Also, defensive end Greg Scruggs will work in reserve. The Seahawks could look to add a pass rusher. They recently worked out Falcons’ castoff Ray Edwards.
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