Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor had one of the poorest performances of his career in a Week 2 loss to the San Diego Chargers.
Chancellor was hampered by bone spurs in his ankle that limited his ability to move effectively. Chancellor drew coverage responsibilities against tight end Antonio Gates frequently, who caught seven passes for 96 yards and three touchdowns in the Chargers 30-21 victory over Seattle.
The issue had Chancellor considering surgery over the bye week to correct the issue so he could be fully healthy for the team’s stretch run in November and December.
Instead, a change in footwear appears to have solved much of the problem.
According to Terry Blount of ESPN.com, Chancellor has switched from low tops shoes to a version with more ankle support.
“Yeah, I was thinking about [surgery] before the Broncos game,” Chancellor said. “We found some ways to get around it and get better comfort. It feels better now. It’s feels good. No concerns at all.”
Chancellor had surgery following the 2012 season for bone spurs in his ankle as well. The problem resurfaced the week before Seattle’s game against the Chargers and had a noticeable effect on his performance.
“He made it back and did a really good job last week, played great football,” head coach Pete Carroll said Monday. “He looked fine today so we might have put that one behind us.”