Dec 30, 2012, Seattle, WA, USA; St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (8) is hit by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons (91) during the first quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Seahawks DE Chris Clemons out of season opener against Carolina Panthers

On Monday, the Seattle Seahawks ruled out defensive end Chris Clemons for the season opener at the Carolina Panthers.

From Terry Blount of ESPN:

Seattle Seahawks starting defensive end Chris Clemons will practice Wednesday for the first time since offseason surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament, but coach Pete Carroll said Clemons will not play Sunday in the opener against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte.

“He’s had a great preparation to get back,” Carroll said after Monday’s practice. “It’ll be light on Wednesday, but he’s been really busting it [in rehab drills]. We’ll bring him along and take our time and make sure he’s ready to go. But he’s not in consideration for this weekend. We’re just excited he’s back out there.”

Even though Carroll didn’t want to give out a timetable for his return, Rotoworld belives he could be back in time for the huge game against the San Francisco 49ers the following Sunday.

Clemons has spent the last three seasons with the Seahawks, and he’s been at the absolute peak of his game since signing with them. He’s had 140 of his 202 career total tackles and 33.5 of his 53.5 career sacks all with Seattle. He’s played in all 16 games during each of those seasons, recording 40 or more total tackles and 11 or more sacks in each.

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