On the same day his coach said he was “disappointed, very much so” that Kam Chancellor hasn’t ended his holdout, Richard Sherman again voiced support for his team leader and fellow member of the Seahawks’ secondary.
“I mean, everybody’s disappointed. You know, you expect to have him. But like I said, we’ve got to go with the guys we have,” Sherman said Wednesday, four days before Seattle begins the regular season at St. Louis. “Obviously, (Dion Bailey is) going to start this week, and that’s what you’ve got to focus on. You’ve got to treat it like he’s not going to be here, because he isn’t.”
Sherman said he’s not surprised Chancellor has taken his stance into the regular season.
“No,” Sherman said, “because he plays a certain way. He’s a man. He’s about his morals. He believes in what he believes, and he stands for his beliefs. So that’s what he’s doing.”
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Is this affecting Sherman and his teammates, their locker room?
“I think everybody understands his stance and has understood it the entire camp,” Sherman said. “So I think we’ll be fine.”
The All-Pro cornerback said he has communicated with the three-time Pro Bowl safety “off and on” but that he has no idea when Chancellor might end his holdout.
“No, I have no indication,” Sherman said. “I guess whenever he comes.
“You just keep supporting. He’s still a friend. You understand he’s sacrificed.”
As for Sherman’s role as the Seahawks’ representative to the NFL players’ union, the heads of which met with Seattle’s players Monday on their annual tour of teams, Sherman had an opinion on Tom Brady, deflating footballs and the latest allegations about the New England Patriots.
This week, ESPN reported allegedly widespread spying by the Patriots. And Sports Illustrated said other teams called the Seahawks unsolicited before February’s Super Bowl against New England to advise extra security precautions around practices at Arizona State University.
Asked if he thought any possible “hanky panky” should taint the Patriots’ win over his Seahawks in Super Bowl 49, Sherman laughed.
“Hanky panky? That’s awesome,” he said.
“Honestly, I don’t even think about it. You know, you go out there and you play the game. … At the end of the day, it’s handled between the lines. And if they man up and they beat you straight up, they beat you straight up.
“You know, you can say they knew your plays, and they watched this and they watched that, but a lot of the times if you watch film good enough you find indicators you find things. So if you’re studying the game the right way, you go out there understanding what plays are coming and you know when the plays are coming … But can you make the play? Can you execute? ... You can say you stole scripts or whatever it is, but … 11 guys have to execute at the same time. And against us they did, so, you know, give them credit.
“If there’s ‘hanky panky’ going on, they’ve gotten away with it. Like they say, if you didn’t get caught then it wasn’t cheating.”
TURBIN SET FREE
The Seahawks gave a cash injury settlement to Robert Turbin, freeing their No. 2 running back from the injured-reserve list on which they had placed him Saturday. After an already negotiated amount of time, Turbin could sign with another team — even perhaps the Seahawks.
Former center Lemuel Jeanpierre ended up back with Seattle last fall about two months after Seattle gave him an injury settlement off of IR.
The Seahawks signed former Buffalo lead back Fred Jackson on Monday to take Turbin’s old job. Coach Pete Carroll says Jackson is going to play a lot Sunday, especially in the passing game on third downs.
POSTSCRIPT ON CHRISTINE MICHAEL
Christine Michael was Marshawn Lynch’s eventual heir apparent as the primary running back after Seattle drafted him in the second round in 2013. But the Seahawks’ trade of Michael on Saturday to Dallas for a conditional draft choice ended Seattle’s failed push of a skilled but frustrating talent.
“I felt like we gave it a great effort. We gave it a great shot,” said Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, one of the coaches who said he needed to be able to trust Michael more. “(Running backs) coach Sherman Smith did an outstanding job with him, worked with him each and every day. You know, we articulated very clearly what we expected from him, from his position and really from him.
“I think we gave it a great effort. It just didn’t work out for us.”
Lynch was back at practice after missing Monday to deal with what Carroll said were personal matters. But he didn’t do anything but watch. He was in midseason, midweek rest mode already. … TE Cooper Helfet (knee) and backup QB Tarvaris Jackson (high-ankle sprain) were also listed as “limited participation in practice.” … Bevell said with Drew Nowak making his first career start at center Sunday, QB Russell Wilson will be leading the protection calls before snaps. For the first three seasons of Wilson’s career, since-traded C Max Unger made those calls, when Unger wasn’t out injured. Line coach Tom Cable said Nowak is “all over” those calls and that the former college defensive tackle’s communication has been great.