NFL.com and Seahawks.com reported today strong safety Kam Chancellor played Sunday's Super Bowl 49 with what he was told two days before was a torn medial collateral ligament in
Chancellor got a bone bruise on the left knee on the next-to-last play of Friday's practice at Arizona State University in Tempe. The league's pool report from the closed practice that day said Chancellor walked off the field without a limp but had the knee wrapped. He was listed as probable and played in the 28-24 loss to the New England Patriots two days later.
Monday, coach Pete Carroll said what Chancellor did to play was "super-human."
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“There are some people that get injured and can’t even play this game, can’t even play a game. So you’ve got to be grateful for how you’re feeling at the moment," Chancellor told Seahawks' in-house writer Clare Farnsworth today. "Shoot, my injury happened two days before the game and they told me I wasn’t going to be able to play. They told me, ‘Torn MCL and bone bruise.’ I was mad. I was frustrated. But at the end of the day, I was able to play.”
Carroll said Monday the injury, which he didn't specify, was found upon examination for the bones bruise to likely be a previous one.
The coach also said Chancellor may need offseason surgery, and that All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman (torn left elbow ligament) and nickel back Jeremy Lane (broken left arm) will. Carroll also said All-Pro safety Earl Thomas may need surgery after dislocating his left shoulder in the NFC title game and playing both the rest of that game and the Super Bowl.