Carroll: Kam Chancellor not ruled out for the year ... yet
RENTON, Wash. -- The Seahawks aren't ready to rule Kam Chancellor out for the season ... yet.
"We're still looking at what our options are," coach Pete Carroll said of his injured strong safety, who will reportedly miss the rest of the season with a neck injury.
NFL.com's Mike Garafolo first reported the news during Saturday's episode of "Good Morning Football."
Asked specifically about the reports that Chancellor is expected to miss the remainder of the year, Carroll said: "I don't even know where that's coming from."
Chancellor, 29, suffered what Carroll called a stinger in the closing moments of Seattle's win over the Arizona Cardinals on Nov. 9. When officially placed on injured reserve, he will join fellow defensive backfield mate Richard Sherman, who ruptured his Achilles tendon against Arizona.
The Seahawks (6-3) host the Atlanta Falcons (5-4) Monday night at CenturyLink Field.
The last contact play made by Chancellor on Thursday night came just before the two-minute warning, a routine-looking takedown of running back Andre Ellington. Chancellor played the next snap -- an incomplete pass -- then, after the break, rookie Delano Hill was in to replace him.
Carroll said Saturday that Chancellor's injury is not the same as the neck/spinal issue that currently has defensive end Cliff Avril on the injured reserve list.
Former Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson said on "Good Morning Football": "I talked to Kam this week; he's having some tough discussions." That appeared to indicate Chancellor's injury may be career-threatening
Carroll wasn't willing to make that declaration Saturday.
"We'll wait and see," he said. "We're working on it. We're hanging together and just trying to talk our way through and not have to do anything any faster than we have to."
So, will there be a roster move of some sort regarding Chancellor?
"Not yet," Carroll said.
Bradley McDougald, who started the last two games in relief of free safety Earl Thomas, is expected to replace Chancellor, a four-time Pro Bowler who ranks third on the team with 48 total tackles on the season. Hill will be McDougald's backup going forward.
Since a contract-related holdout in 2015, Chancellor has missed several games with nagging injuries each of the past two seasons. In August, he signed a three-year, $36 million contract extension with the team that selected him out of Virginia Tech in the fifth round of the 2010 draft.
Chancellor is one of three starters ruled out for Monday night's game, along with left guard Luke Joeckel, who is close to a return after undergoing knee arthroscopy in October but still needs to prove he can respond well to full-contact action; and Michael Wilhoite, dealing with another lingering calf issue that has plagued him most of the season.
Left tackle Duane Brown and defensive tackle Jarran Reed are listed as questionable and will be game-time decisions, Carroll said.