This is the wrong week for Kam Chancellor to have a new hip injury.
Then again, no week is a good one for the Seahawks to be without their thudding strong safety, a key to why Seattle has the league's No. 1 defense against the run right now. But Chancellor being "questionable" for Sunday's game against Dallas because of a strained hip, according to coach Pete Carroll, is extra worrisome because the Cowboys have the NFL's leading rusher, Demarco Murray.
"Everything they do concerns us, particularly their effectiveness in running right at you. They are good at it," Carroll said following today's blustery practice in the fog at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. "Kam's a big factor, obviously. He's been a huge element to our defense.
"We are hoping he'll be with us. ... We'll run him on game day (pregame Sunday) to see if he can go."
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Jeron Johnson, in his fourth season from Boise State, likely would be the next man up at safety alongside Earl Thomas if Chancellor can't play. Chancellor has missed just one game because of injury in his five NFL seasons, which is remarkable given how banged up he often is and how physically he hits ball carriers and anything else that moves on the field. Chancellor missed a game against Atlanta on Oct. 2, 2011, because of a quadriceps injury.
I'll give you a beverage of your choice if you can name -- without looking it up -- who is the last Seahawks to start a game at strong safety not named Kam Chancellor.
Time's up: MikeFromNewJersey got it:
Yes, Atari Bigby happened once in Seattle. My how far the Seahawks have come.
Chancellor has bone spurs in his ankles that had him contemplating surgery last month before new shoes alleviated that pain. This hip injury is new, and Carroll said he thinks it's the opposite hip from the one on which Chancellor had surgery during the offseason.
Sounds like Steve Schilling is going to make his first start at center of his four-year career on Sunday. Carroll said Max Unger is doubtful to play because of the foot he sprained in the fourth quarter Monday night at Washington, that it would take "a miraculous recovery" between now and game time for Unger to play.
"I feel comfortable with the entire offense," said Schilling, who is from Bellevue.
He will have his parents at CenturyLink Field plus his wife flying in from her career as an attorney in Chicago to be at Sunday's game.
Wide receiver Percy Harvin was back practicing after missing Thursday with a new thigh injury. Carroll said the key to the offense's versatility is fine and looks good to go for Sunday's game.
Backup tackle Alvin Bailey returned to practice after missing the previous ones with an oblique injury.
Here's the full injury report for Sunday's game: