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DE Clemons knee injury could be season ending

Post by Eric Williams on Jan. 7, 2013 at 5:47 am with 10 Comments »
January 7, 2013 5:47 am

The Seattle Seahawks could be without defensive end Chris Clemons for the rest of the postseason.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that Clemons’ agent, Donal Henderson, told him that team doctors believe he may have suffered an ACL tear in his left knee during the second half of Seattle’s 24-14 NFC Wild Card win at Washington.

Rapoport also reported that Henderson blamed the shoddy turf at FedEx Field for the injury.

However, in a text message, Henderson told me the extent of Clemons’ knee injury is unknown at this point, and that he would receive an MRI on Monday.

“Chris hurt his knee and we’ll have to figure it out and get MRI stuff done when we get back home,” Carroll said. “I am concerned about it.”

The other injury issue for the Seahawks was kicker Steven Hauschka, who suffered a calf injury during the game that limited the kicker to just field goal attempts, with punter Jon Ryan taking over kickoff duties.

“You could see him limping out there,” Carroll said. “But he made good kicks out there when we needed him.”

Sherman sucker punched by Trent Williams

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman once again was the center of attention after Sunday’s game.

After Seattle’s win over the Redskins – a chippy game that included trash talking from both teams leading up to the contest, Washington offensive tackle Trent Williams approached Sherman at midfield.

But instead of the customary handshake, Williams, who kept his helmet on, greeted Sherman with an open-handed slap to the face.

Sherman said that Williams came up to him and told him he was going to take a swing at him.

“Then swing,” Sherman said. “He thought I was going to be scared. I’m not scared of him.”

Williams followed through with his threat, hitting Sherman with an open hand before a Seahawks team employee stepped in to break things up.

Seattle receivers coach Kippy Brown pulled Sherman away from Williams as the Seattle cornerback waved goodbye to him.

“You know, it’s the playoffs – everybody gets a little frustrated,” Sherman said. “If you lose, your season is over. You want to keep advancing. It was a frustration play – I guess is what you can call it. But you never kind of want to be involved in that. I wasn’t looking for anything. I was trying to shake hands, and that’s how it happens sometimes.”

Sherman finished without a tackle, as Washington stayed away from his side of the field most of the day.

Williams apologized in the locker room while talking with reporters.

“Just high emotions man, and you know I let them get the best of me,” Williams said. “It’s nobody’s fault but mine. I got to calm down a little bit. It is just when you lose a game like this with high intensity, you are on edge and I reacted in an immature manner.
“I am taught better than that, just got to be better. It takes a big man to walk away and next time I just have to be a bigger man.”

Sherman said via Twitter that he received a text from Williams apologizing for the incident.

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  1. nmseafan says:

    Their psychological control and the ability to focus on one play at a time are two potent “weapons” the Hawks have in their arsenal of plenty. Their are alot of good teams that don’t have that especially as a whole unit. It’s one of the things that separates a good from a great team IMO.

    As for the Clemons situation they could use Smith.

  2. nmseafan says:

    Where’s Dexter Davis when you need him?

  3. sluggo42 says:

    I knew Clem was hurt… That sucks…next man up!

    I was annoyed at the start yesterday, but understood because Wash had such high emotions to start. I never worried we would lose, but being a heart patient doesn’t help either.

    When beast scooped the fumble up I commented that was going to be the play of the game, and I still think it was. The skins didn’t have the horses to keep up with us, and after the emotions got out of the way, we dominated.

    Game ball to Bradley. Defense shut them down after first quarter.
    Sherman and browners performance next week will be how the game goes. ET will need to be a ghost.

    I was 27 in 83. All you young whippersnappers are making me feel old…

    Funniest comment of the day was Duke asking if Rad and I were talking cars…….now? Heh..

    Field conditions were ridiculous, and Snyder should be fined ten times the cost of having a state of the art field installed. What a jack…

    Rw lead blocking for Beast… Hell ya… But let’s not get into the habit of that. But, notice that RW kinda looks like a little fullback compared to the dbs

  4. Vegas56 says:

    That field in Washington is a disgrace to the NFL (and the Redskins). It even hurt their team. The comparison with the field in Baltimore in the morning game is particularly damning.

  5. sluggo42 says:

    One thing I LOVE…

    After every interview, RW shouts.. GO HAWKS!

    How cool is that?

  6. Dukeshire says:

    sluggo – I was cracking up because I was so nervous and anxious and every time I looked at the Chat, you and RADEoN were having Car Talk. lol. What’s going on here…? Click and Clack. haha

  7. I liked R Dub pretty early on and have been saying ‘Go Hawks’ at the end of my posts for well over a year. Kind of funny.

    I’ve also been adamant about defending this regime and the direction that we’re going in. Yesterday was a little vindication, but they’re very capable of more.

    Atlanta will pose a real tough threat with three legit targets. We know about Browner and Sherman on the WRs…who covers first ballot HOF I’ve never won a playoff game Tony Gonzalez.

    He IS the X factor.

    I love this team. I love this organization. I’ve never had a Hawks team that was more enjoyable to root for up to this point.

    Can’t wait to see the scheme they put in place next week. Clemons is a REALLY HUGE LOSS. I agree with a few other posters here and think that Scruggs will step up and play well, but the experience of Clem will be felt.

    I think I want SF to win the other game. Going to Lambeau sounds brutal and since they feel they owe us one, I’m not so sure I want anything to do with it.

    Can’t wait for Sunday morning…


  8. Clemons is probably one of about five Seahawks who are truly irreplaceable at this point. We can still keep winning, but offenses are going to be disrupted less often He was so key to our success vs rush and pass.

    I’m very impressed by Sherman’s response to the sucker punch. This kid has grown up into a man. One of the best in the NFL. Good for him.

  9. Dexter Davis? Really?

    Need Irvin to continue stepping up like he did the 4th quarter.

    My ‘no Chris Clemons’ adjustment would be to use Irvin as the Leo end, but use Leory Hill as the other rush end on obvious passing downs. Leory has had some success getting sacks and being an outside linebacker certainly knows the outside contain game.

    I hope CC is good to go.

  10. For once we have some depth. I actually thought the line played very well after CC went down. With his age/contract we may not see that every down CC again (if at all). Helluva player with a great motor though.

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