Kam Chancellor rejoined the Seahawks on Wednesday after sitting out training camp and the team's first two regular season games, and to this point, the team hasn't said whether or not the strong safety will see snaps in the team's home opener against the Chicago Bears.
But Seattle head coach Pete Carroll shed additional light on the subject during his Friday morning segment with KIRO Radio, noting Chancellor appears ready to play this Sunday at CenturyLink Field.
"He's looked like he's in just rare form," Carroll told KIRO Radio's Dori Monson. "He's been working out really hard, he's really lean, and ready to go. He was anticipating coming back with the thought that he worked out really hard to get here, so he looked great both days - the hard days of the week (Wednesday and Thursday). So he looks like he's going to be able to play some football, and we're looking forward to that."
The Seahawks received a roster exemption for Chancellor, so the All-Pro was able to return to practice immediately upon rejoining the team. That means a transaction will have to be made to move Chancellor to the 53-man active roster before he can see any play time, and if he does play, Carroll said Chancellor's snaps will be monitored in what will be his first live-action since Super Bowl XLIX.
"We're going to have to see how his timing is making his tackles, making his hits and fits on the running game and all that kind of stuff," Carroll said. "He knows where he's supposed to go. The practice is important and there is something to that. Some guys can handle it a little better than others and I think Kam's one of those guys, but he may be a little rusty and we'll try to protect him and make sure he doesn't play too much."
Carroll said he's looking forward to seeing the reception Chancellor will draw when he does take the field for the first time in 2015.
"His attitude has been great, his teammates have embraced him returning, as have the coaches and everybody in the organization, and I'm sure that our fans will too," Carroll said. "He's a great kid, he's been a great leader, he's been really the centerpiece of everything we've been doing, and I hope everybody will receive him in that fashion."
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