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Clemons honored, Campbell next in line?

The Seattle Seahawks' Chris Clemons is the NFC's top defensive player from Week 11 after using the St. Louis Rams' injury problems to his advantage Sunday.

Next in line: the Arizona Cardinals' Calais Campbell, who sometimes dominates against regular starters and has experience picking on backups.

Two years ago, injuries to Walter Jones, Sean Locklear and Brandon Frye left the Seattle Seahawks with a fourth-string left tackle heading into a Week 6 game against Arizona. Campbell collected 1.5 of the Arizona Cardinals' five sacks during a 27-3 victory at Seattle. The team released tackle Kyle Williams shortly thereafter, signing veteran Damion McIntosh as a stopgap solution for its next game.

The Rams haven't lost quite as many left tackles this season, but they're getting close -- just in time for Campbell and the Cardinals to visit the Edward Jones Dome in Week 12.

Starting let tackle Rodger Saffold is out for the season. Backup Mark LeVoir is also hurt. Swing tackle Adam Goldberg has been starting at right tackle after the team lost starter Jason Smith. Undrafted rookie Kevin Hughes, signed from the practice squad, played extensively against Clemons and could make his first NFL start against the Cardinals. The team also signed tackle Thomas Welch from the Buffalo Bills' practice squad. Welch was a 2010 seventh-round choice of the New England Patriots.

The Rams unexpectedly needed Hughes to play extensively against Seattle when LeVoir, a last-minute replacement for Saffold, suffered a pectoral injury.

Campbell has five sacks and an interception this season. He had two sacks against the Rams in Week 9.