Frank Clark says he played whole season at 60 percent due to elbow injuries

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Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark had one of the best pass rushing seasons by a Seattle defensive player in franchise history in 2018.

He says he managed to accomplish that feat while dealing with a pair of elbow injuries that left him at “60 percent” of his peak ability.

Clark took to Twitter on Tuesday to say that he played the season with tears to his ulnar collateral ligaments in his elbow. A UCL tear is the injury that leads to baseball players needing Tommy John surgeries to repair their throwing arms. Former Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman sustained the same injury in the team’s NFC Championship win over the Green Bay Packers in Jan. 2015.

Both injuries occurred during games against the Minnesota Vikings. Clark was initially injured in Seattle’s preseason game against the Vikings. Head coach Pete Carroll called the issue a hyper-extended elbow at the time.

Clark appeared on Seattle’s injury report with an elbow injury in Week Two. It was the only time in the first three months of the season that an elbow injury had Clark listed on the report. After the regular season meeting between the two teams in December, Clark again appeared on the injury report with an elbow injury. He was listed for the final three weeks of the regular season.

Carroll said it was Clark’s other elbow that was injured.

“It’s the other elbow,” he said on Dec. 14. “He kind of did the same thing on the other elbow if you can imagine that. He got caught, he got hyper-extended a little bit.”

Clark managed to compile 13 sacks for Seattle in 2018 with an additional sack coming in the team’s Wild Card game against the Dallas Cowboys. His 13 sacks were the most by a Seattle defensive player since Patrick Kerney had 14.5 sacks in 2007.

Clark is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in March, though both Clark and the Seahawks have indicated a strong desire to ensure he remains in Seattle.

11 responses to “Frank Clark says he played whole season at 60 percent due to elbow injuries

  1. Both he and Jarran Reed will be back here for a long time. Pete and J.S. have indicated Clark and Reed are strong parts of the team’s future.

  2. He wants his $$$ and is using this information – Good for him honestly, wish we could pay all our top players big (Seahawks have money, but also a lot of ppl to pay this and next year)

  3. redlikethepig says:
    January 16, 2019 at 9:47 am
    Seattle excuse machine in high gear I see

    A team that was expected to be no better than 8-8 at best doesnt need an excuse for making the playoffs.

  4. omeimontis says:
    January 16, 2019 at 1:08 pm
    Penny-pinching Mode should either franchise tag him or sign him to one of the richest contracts in the NFL. LOL
    ++++
    Then they wouldn’t be Penny-pinching. Once again, you make no sense.

  5. Frank Clark says the Seattle D is now the Frank Clark D, not the Richard Charmin D any longer. The average points allowed per game by Seattle shows that reality.

  6. omeimontis says:
    January 17, 2019 at 3:17 pm
    Frank Clark says the Seattle D is now the Frank Clark D, not the Richard Charmin D any longer. The average points allowed per game by Seattle shows that reality.
    +++
    So now your siding with Sherman? You keep coming up with sad, self thought of nicknames for Seattle players which somehow makes you feel good, and usually don’t make any sense.

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