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.
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“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.