While the Seattle Seahawks continue on their postseason run, the team will have to do so without their best pass rusher.
At his Monday press conference, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll revealed that defensive end Chris Clemons tore the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his knee during Seattle's 24-14 Wild Card victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday, ending his season.
"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."
Clemons, who recorded a team-best 11 1/2 sacks this season, will be sorely missed when the Seahawks travel to Atlanta to face the NFC's No.1 seeded Falcons on Sunday.
The 31-year-old started all 16 regular-season games for the Seahawks in 2012 and in addition to leading the team in sacks, he recorded 40 tackles and three forced fumbles.