Seahawks lose Chris Clemons to torn ACL

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Seattle will be without its top pass rusher for Sunday’s NFC divisional playoff game in Atlanta.

Tests on the left knee of Chris Clemons confirmed the defensive end suffered a torn ACL in Sunday’s win over the Washington Redskins.

Clemons leads the Seahawks with 11½ sacks, and his absence likely will mean first-round pick Bruce Irvin will move from the left side to the right side on passing downs.

Seattle kicker Steven Hauschka also suffered a calf strain in the victory. Coach Pete Carroll said Hauschka felt better on Monday.

CHIEFS: The first call that Andy Reid received came from Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt.

Reid had just been dismissed after coaching the Eagles for 14 seasons, and was back at his office after addressing his team one last time. The phone rang and Hunt was on the other end, asking whether Reid would be interested in a face-to-face meeting two days later.

“There are certain families that stand out, and the Hunt family is just tops,” Reid said of the family that founded the franchise 53 years ago. “They’re phenomenal.”

The meeting was set for Wednesday in Philadelphia, and Reid’s agent Bob LaMonte figured it would take about three hours. But when Reid got in front of Hunt, the two hit it off so well that time kept slipping away – four hours, then six, then eight hours of conversations.

After nine hours, it became clear that Reid would be the Chiefs’ next coach.

He was introduced on Monday at Arrowhead Stadium, taking over a once-proud franchise that went 2-14 last season and hasn’t won a playoff game since 1993.

“There was a certain energy that started with Clark and radiated through the other people I met with, and it was just great,” Reid said. “You got the feeling that this was right. It was the right thing to do. It made the decision easy. I crossed my fingers that I’d be offered the job.”

COLTS: Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians remained at a Baltimore hospital on Monday as doctors waited for his blood pressure to stabilize.

Arians missed Sunday’s playoff loss to the Ravens because of an undisclosed illness.

49ERS: David Akers and Billy Cundiff took their competition to be San Francisco’s playoff kicker to Candlestick Park on Monday.

Coach Jim Harbaugh says there’s a “good chance” both kickers will be on the roster for Saturday’s NFC divisional playoff game against the Green Bay Packers.


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