Seahawks fear worst for Clemons: It’s not very often that we write about individual defensive players here — something we are frequently reminded about via Twitter — but in the case of Chris Clemons, the news could be particularly noteworthy. The Seattle Seahawks’ defensive end is feared to have suffered an ACL injury during Sunday’s playoff win over the Washington Redskins. If that suspicion is confirmed by an MRI, Clemons would not only miss the remainder of the postseason, but it would jeopardize his availability for the start of next season’s training camp. That means Seattle would be without it’s top pass rusher (he led the team with 11.5 sacks this season) — not a appealing spot to be in when your next opponent is the high-flying Atlanta Falcons offense.
Nelson limited vs. Vikings: Green Bay Packers receiver Jordy Nelson wasn’t on the field quite as often as he normally would have been during Sunday’s win over the Minnesota Vikings, though he did catch three passes for 51 yards. While coach Mike McCarthy wouldn’t “call it a rep count”, he admitted that Nelson’s recent return from injury had something to do with the receiver’s playing time. Knee and hamstring issues have hampered Nelson throughout the season, limiting him to just 49 receptions for 745 yards. But it’s hard to imagine that the Packers will willingly hold the wideout back this week against the 49ers. When the two teams met in the regular season opener, Nelson caught five balls for 64 yards.
Jackson ‘never 100 percent’: After another season lost to injury, Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson admitted that he was “never 100 percent” during 2012. Jackson says he sprained the LCL in his right knee on the sixth carry of the season in Week 1 against the New York Jets and that he was never able to fully recover. It would partially explain why the veteran played in just ten games this season and rushed for just 437 yards and three touchdowns — although the emergence of C.J. Spiller also has a lot to do with it. More importantly, it’s a reminder of Jackson’s recent fragility. He’s appeared in just 20 games over the past two seasons, finishing both of those years on injured reserve. With Doug Marrone taking over as Buffalo’s new head coach, there will likely be a chance for Jackson to audition for his job, but unless he can promise to stay on the field for 16 games, his health will likely continue to be a concern.