Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor had hip surgery about a month ago.
His availability for training camp is unclear as mandatory minicamp begins June 17. The first preseason game is Aug. 7.
Chancellor, 26, played through hip pain in 2012. When Seattle’s Percy Harvin had hip surgery last offseason, Chancellor said he sympathized with Harvin because he previously had a hip injury.
Chancellor’s surgery is believed to be much less significant.
The Seahawks signed Chancellor to a four-year, $28 million extension during the 2013 offseason. He played in every game last season, though he missed practice time in November (ankle) and December (quadriceps). Chancellor also briefly left the field during the Super Bowl because of an injury but returned. He had a significant limp after the game.
Seattle is not deep at strong safety. It re-signed Jeron Johnson in the offseason to be Chancellor’s backup. Johnson played just seven games last season because of injuries to both hamstrings.
Fourth-year player DeShawn Shead can also play safety, though he is more comfortable at cornerback. He appeared in five games last season after spending the first 11 games on the practice squad.
The looming question is if Chancellor’s injury could change how the Seahawks will approach Thursday’s draft. Seattle worked out WSU strong safety Deone Bucannon on April 21 and had met with him at the NFL combine. He’s projected as a late first-round or early second-round pick whose stock has been rising. The Seahawks’ first pick is No 32 overall, the last in the first round.