Atlanta Falcons: Seattle end Chris Clemons is out for the playoffs

Seattle will be without their top pass rusher Chris Clemons when they face the Falcons. (Associated Press)

Seattle will be without their top pass rusher Chris Clemons when they face the Falcons. (Associated Press)

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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26 comments Add your comment

Falcons Win

January 7th, 2013
11:06 pm

I like our chances to advance

can't get right

January 7th, 2013
11:33 pm

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Marcus

January 7th, 2013
11:42 pm

gotta get this one and the one after and the one after …. Rise Up!

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Flo-Ri-Duh

January 8th, 2013
12:06 am

Hate it that Chris Clemons suffered a serious injury. He is a DGD. That should be an advantage for the Falcons and hopefully Abraham will be ready to play.

Deadpool

January 8th, 2013
12:33 am

I think all Falcons fans will agree with me when I say, SEATTLE PLEASE SIGN RAY EDWARDS!!

trademark

January 8th, 2013
3:41 am

And here is exactly why it’s advantageous to have a bye in the playoffs.

UGA ECONOMICS MAJOR

January 8th, 2013
6:52 am

ATLANTA 27 SEATTLE 10…FALCONS EXPERIENCE AND LOUD GEORGIA DOME WILL BE TOO MUCH FOR SEACHICKENS

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Esquire

January 8th, 2013
7:02 am

Unfortunately, it looks like you’ve lost your best pass rusher Clemons not to be confused with Bruce Springsteen’s sax player Clarence Clemons whom sadly passed away in 2011. I am certain you Hawkers will be screaming “oh if only we had Clemons you would have never kicked our tails.”

And lastly, and I just hate to be this cheap. Your newspapers are splattered with:
“Seahawks own Washington”
Washington has lost its past three playoff games, all to the Seahawks:
2012 Seahawks 24, at Washington 14
2008 At Seahawks 35, Washington 14
2006 At Seahawks 20, Washington 10

They aren’t showing our last 3 games in the paper:
10/02/2011 Atlanta Falcons 30, Seattle Seahawks 28
12/19/2010 Atlanta Falcons 34, Seattle Seahawks 18
12/30/2007 Atlanta Falcons 44, Seattle Seahawks 41

Where is the very first Starbucks? Seattleites hate that question from tourists.

E-Roll

January 8th, 2013
7:30 am

On another note the Seahawks have to find another kicker also because Steven Hauschka doesn’t look like he will be ready for Sunday.

http://blog.seahawks.com/2013/01/07/monday-in-hawkville-calf-injury-leaves-steven-hauschkas-status-in-question-for-sundays-game/

Looking better and better for the Falcons!

fayncdawg

January 8th, 2013
7:51 am

You mean THAT Ray Edwards? That might be an interesting twist to this game! But w/o Clemons, the Seadoves SHOULDN’T stand a chance. An unrelenting pass rush lead by Clemons was Seattle’s only chance to start with. Without that pass rush, their supersized CBs will be exposed by a Falcon receiving corps which is far speedier than what Seattle faced all season esp compared to the teams in their division. Pray a speedy recovery for Clemons! As Floriduh put it, a DGD!

I usually just read but...

January 8th, 2013
8:34 am

don’t , repeat DON’T, let Pete Carroll find out that Ray Edwards is also a good kicker.

Enkinan

January 8th, 2013
9:11 am

This should help the offense a little, but it’s not like his replacement is a slouch. That said, I still believe it is time for this team.

GO FALCONS

UGA ECONOMICS MAJOR

January 8th, 2013
9:25 am

GEORGIA DOME !!!!!!!!!!! GET REDNECK LOUD SUNDAY!!!!!!!!LIKE YOUR OUT IN THE COUNTRY IN NICHOLSON,GEORGIA!!!!!!!!SHAKE THE DOME TO THE NORTH OF NORTHSIDE DRIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!EARTHQUAKE IN ATLANTA????I BELIEVE ITS CENTERED AT THE GEORGIA DOME SUNDAY!!!

ATLBIG FALCON FAN

January 8th, 2013
9:26 am

I LIKE THAT UGA ECO…REDNECK LOUD!!!LOL!!

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

January 8th, 2013
11:28 am

Lets go falcons, now only one big DE threat and hes a rookie, albeit a good one, he should be fairly easy to handle. Even baker has done well against top ends this year. As long as our line can hold the interior in check then we should be just fine come sunday.

ShaneOmac

January 8th, 2013
2:18 pm

LMBO!! What is red neck loud? At any rate hell yeah UGA ECON MAJOR!!!! Get it ear bleeding loud. I just feel it this year, but I wont lie I am nervous due to the past. The Birds kinda treat you like a piss poor father they promise to come through but at the end of the day you are still looking out the window just waiting.But this time its different i just know it no BVG or MM lame schems we are ready…FINALLY

Falcon James

January 8th, 2013
3:21 pm

Don’t like to see injuries on anyone, but I would rather see backups any day on the other side of the ball.

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Mariovich

January 13th, 2013
10:23 am

Oh, poo wittle Coach Pete didn’t wike the field in Washing DC. Well—it affected both teams, dorkie Carroll, so deal with it.

I seek vengeance for the way Seattle defenders mugged the 49ers and and put Manningham in the hospital and gave Vernon Davis a concussion. Frankly, Davis got speared and it was good the the Seattle defender that speared Davis got a penalty for Seattle.

And what about the PED’s, the Adderall that Seattle uses—those meds include amphetimines.
If Seattle beats Atlanta today, welcome to SF next week because the 49ers are taking off the kid gloves and are going to humble Carroll and his drugged-up team.