Clayborn agreed to terms on a two-year, $12 million contract with New England on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Clayborn will be a welcomed addition to a Patriots defense that finished tied for the seventh-most sacks in 2017 with 42. The imposing defensive lineman is coming off a season in which he led the Falcons with 9.5 sacks, surpassing his previous career-best of 7.5 sacks from his rookie campaign. New England hopes that Clayborn can help set the edge in run support as well, with their defense surrendering over 4.6 yards per carry last season.
Clayborn (hamstring) is not listed on the Falcons' final injury report heading into Monday's game against the Buccaneers, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. Clayborn missed Thursday's practice, but has subsequently practiced in limited fashion to close out the week. It looks like the team was exercising caution with its sack specialist. Look for him to resume his usual workload Sunday barring any setbacks.
Clayborn was absent from Thursday's practice due to a hamstring injury, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. Clayborn presumably suffered the injury in last week's victory over the Saints. He recorded his team-high ninth sack in the contest. The severity of the injury is unknown at this time, as the team could have just been opting to exercise caution by keeping him sidelined Thursday. Thus, his status should continue to be monitored throughout the week.
Clayborn notched his ninth sack of the season in Thursday's 20-17 win over the Saints. The sack was his lone tackle of the game and his first quarterback takedown since the six-sack explosion against the Cowboys in Week 10. The 29-year-old has only 19 tackles (17 solo) in 13 games this season and has provided little IDP value outside of the incredible performance against Dallas.
Clayborn was held to just one solo tackle against the Seahawks on Monday, though he did score a touchdown on a fumble recovery. Clayborn posted a monstrous six sacks against the Cowboys in Week 10, but of course that type of performance isn't explicable. His Week 11 matchup was highlighted by the fumble TD, but the tackle total isn't much of a change from most of his outings, as his only game with more than two tackles was his six-sack game.