Chris Clemons out with torn ACL

Chris Clemons

Chris Clemons, the Seahawks’ leader in sacks and a Pro Bowl alternate, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and also damaged meniscus in Sunday’s playoff win over the Redskins, coach Pete Carroll just announced.

“He will have to have surgery,” Carroll said. “So we’ll miss him, which is a big loss for us in a lot of ways. Chris has been a great football player. He’s been just a symbol of consistency for the years we’ve had him. He’s been a great leader for us, too, and just a tough dude.”

With Clemons out for this week’s divisional playoff game against the Falcons in Atlanta, first-round draft choice Bruce Irvin will start at the Leo end position. Irvin led all NFL rookies with eight sacks during the regular season and added another after replacing Clemons against the Redskins.

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