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Seahawks Lose Clemons To Torn ACL

Win McNamee/Getty Images(RENTON, Wash.) -- The Seattle Seahawks are moving on in the playoffs, but will do so without one of their top defensive players.

Defensive end Chris Clemons tore his ACL and meniscus against the Washington Redskins in their 24-14 win on Sunday and will miss the remainder of the season. 

"It's a big loss for us in a lot of ways," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "Chris has been a great football player and just a symbol of consistency in the years that we've had him, but he's been a great leader for us too and a tough dude and a guy we've become very comfortable playing with and we'll miss the heck out of him."

This season, Clemons has 11 1/2 sacks this season, and is one of the top pass rushing threats for the Seahawks. Rookie Bruce Irvin will start in his place after recording a rookie record eight sacks this season.

Seattle plays on the road against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

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