The bad health news keeps rolling in for the Seahawks: Multiple national sources reported Saturday that not only will SS Kam Chancellor miss Monday’s game against Atlanta, he will be placed on the injured reserve list with a neck stinger and miss the rest of the season.
Chancellor, 29, was taken from the field on a cart late in the Nov. 9 game at Arizona. He has not practiced since, undergoing tests and seeking multiple opinions on options. The Seahawks have avoided being specific about the seriousness of the injury.
A source who spoke to Chancellor told ESPN that he is “still looking to play” next season.
However, coach Pete Carroll, speaking to reporters after practice Saturday, said no decision has been made regarding Chancellor other than not playing Monday.
“We’re still looking at what our options are, and we’ll continue to do that and re-evaluate what’s going on,” he said. “We’re working very closely with him on that. That’s it.”
Asked about the reports saying he’s destined for injured reserve, Carroll said, “I don’t even know where that’s coming from.”
He did say that the injury was “not the same” as the one that has kept out DE Cliff Avril, “but it’s a similar kind of circumstance right now.”
As to whether the injury may end Chancellor’s season, Carroll said, “We’ll wait and see . . . just trying to talk our way through it and not have to do anything any faster than we have to.”
The four-time Pro Bowl selection has been the heart of a defense that has been at or near the top of the NFL’s rankings for the past five seasons. He joins CB Richard Sherman, out after surgery to repair an Achilles tendon ruptured in the same Thursday night game, on the sidelines Monday night.
Avril has been out since Oct. 1 against Indianapolis. LB Michael Wilhoite (calf) is the fifth starter from the No. 1 defense who will sit out Monday.
Bradley McDougald, who started at free safety last week in place of Earl Thomas (hamstring), will take Chancellor’s place at strong safety. Thomas is returning to play Monday, the only remaining member of the original Legion of Boom, which also included Brandon Browner, now retired.
With Thomas and McDougald at the safety spots, Jeremy Lane and rookie Shaquill Griffin will start at cornerback and Justin Coleman will be at nickel. They will be backed up by newcomer Byron Maxwell and Neiko Thorpe.
Listed as questionable is another starter, DT Jarran Reed (hamstring). On offense, LT Duane Brown (ankle), is also questionable. If Brown can’t go, Matt Tobin, a five-year veteran, will make his first career start at left tackle. A rookie, Ethan Pocic, remains at left guard because veteran starter Luke Joeckel will miss his fifth game in a row after arthroscopic knee surgery.
“We’re going to go right up until game time with (Reed and Brown),” Carroll said. “Jarran got pretty good work today, a little bit more than Duane did at this time. We’re just kind of waiting all the way through the entire break here and see if we can max it for Duane.”
A secondary impact is that all the second-team players advancing to starting jobs has helped deplete special teams.
“It’s a challenge weekly to keep your guys going,” Carroll said. “Guys like Michael Wilhoite are a big factor on special teams. It becomes a hole there, when you lose a guy that you have been counting on. When you take (McDougald) off of special teams as he’s starting to play more, you lose a guy there somewhat.
“(The Falcons) in particular are a really good challenge. These guys are really good, they’re really well equipped — kickers, returners, the whole thing. It’ll be a really good match-up for us.”