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Seahawks Defensive Coordinator Kris Richard Impressed with Kam Chancellor, but Uncertain if He'll Play in Week 3

Kam Chancellor has looked good in his first two practices of the season, Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard said, but it's not yet certain that he'll play Sunday.

Kam Chancellor wrapped up his second practice since returning to the team this week, and while the Pro Bowl strong safety has impressed his coaches with his work so far, they're not yet ready to guarantee that he'll play on Sunday when the Seahawks host the Chicago Bears.

On Wednesday Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said they will take it day-to-day with Chancellor, but the hope is that he can play, and a day later defensive coordinator Kris Richard reiterated that stance.

"I'm not sure if he's going to be back out there on Sunday yet, but he has looked great out there at practice so far," Richard said. "… Right now it's kind of still under development. We're not sure if he's going to play or how much he's going to play."

Richard said Chancellor has "been getting reps with the first and second group, he's getting his rotation in. We're just trying to get him back in the groove to make sure that he's in great shape."

Asked if he noticed any rust—earlier in the day free safety Earl Thomas joked Chancellor had "butterfingers" on a couple of potential interceptions—Richard said he had not. 

"It looks like he has picked it up right where he left off," Richard said. "He has been sharp and he has looked great out there."

Chancellor was working out on his own while not with the team, and by all accounts he returned in great shape, but as Richard notes, there's a difference between being is good condition and being in football shape.

"The physical contact is really what it comes down to," he said. "You can take a lot of reps running gassers and things of that nature, but it's having yourself prepared to execute a play, then come back within 30 seconds and go again with different looks and things of that nature. So it's really just training your eyes to be able to see all the tendencies and react and play the plays."

The team turned over a new leaf on "Turnover Thursday" as they close in on Sundays home opener against the Bears. 

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