Defensive end Patrick Chukwurah was signed by the Seahawks this morning to fill the roster spot that opened when sack-leader Chris Clemons was placed on injured reserve because of a knee injury he got in Sunday’s wild-card playoff victory over the Redskins.
Chukwurah, 33, last played in the NFL with the Buccaneers in 2007, when defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and defensive line coach Todd Wash also were in Tampa. He had nine career sacks in six-plus seasons with the Vikings (2001-04), who selected him in the fifth round of 2001 NFL Draft; the Broncos (2004-06), when he had a career-high 4.5 sacks in 2006; and Bucs. Chukwurah then spent two seasons playing in the UFL with the Florida Tuskers. He has been a personal trainer since then.
Clemons tore the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his left knee during the third quarter against the Redskins and will need surgery to repair the damage. First-round draft choice Bruce Irvin will start at the Leo end spot in this week’s divisional playoff game against the Falcons in Atlanta.