Chris Clemons tore the anterior-cruciate ligament (ACL) and meniscus in his left knee January 6, 2013 at Washington in the divisional playoff that the Seattle Seahawks won 24-14. He left that game in the second half, had surgery 12 days later and appeared destined to miss at least half of the 2013 schedule — which is normal for such injuries to athletes.
Not only did Clemons return much sooner than that — Week 3 to be exact — he’s played so well this season that he may be better now than prior to his injury, which is remarkable, particularly considering the University of Georgia product is 31 years of age, not 23 or 24 when the body tends to recover much quicker.
Clemons has finished each of the last three seasons with at least 11 sacks, tallying a career-best 11.5 a season ago, and is well on his way to another double-digit sacks campaign with 3.5 in five games played, entering Monday night’s game at St. Louis.
Wednesday, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll joined The Steve Sandmeyer Show to discuss his efforts to improve the lives of Seattle-area youths through A Better Seattle, and Steve asked Carroll about Clemons’ impressive return.