Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor certainly didn’t look all that limited against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
However, it appears that the ankle issue that forced him to miss practice last Wednesday and land on the injury report was more troublesome than it seemed.
According to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports, Chancellor is dealing with bone spurs in his ankle that had the team considering surgery with the team set for their bye this week. If they had elected for surgery, Chancellor would have likely missed 6-8 weeks. Because the team already used their one reserve/injured-designation to return card on cornerback Jeremy Lane, they would have had to carry him on their active roster the whole time.
Head coach Pete Carroll said Monday that the ankle injury had really affected Chancellor’s play in Seattle’s loss in Week 2 to the San Diego Chargers.
“He’s had ankle issues for some time,” Carroll said. “His ankle really bothered him in the San Diego game. It was on fire. It really got in the way of his play.”
But the team believes they’ve found a treatment plan to keep Chancellor’s ankle problems quieted down to where it won’t affect his play.
“[The trainers] found a couple things that they could do to help him,” Carroll said. “…We didn’t have a great outlook going into the week, we weren’t sure, but it just turned really quickly on Thursday and fortunately he came flying back.”
Chancellor had nine tackles, two passes defended, a forced fumble and a key interception of Peyton Manning in the fourth quarter that preserved Seattle’s five-point lead.
“Man, it felt great today,” Chancellor told, via Garafolo. “Last week, it was bothering me. But this week, it felt amazing. We did some different stuff to fix it up, fix the shoes and stuff and it felt awesome.”
It is still an issue the team will have to continue to monitor throughout the season.