The Seahawks made a roster move this afternoon that is an indicator strong safety Kam Chancellor may not play tomorrow against Dallas because of his new strained hip: they signed second-year safety Steven Terrell off their practice squad to provide insurance in case Chancellor can't go.
The corresponding move was waiving seldom-used defensive end Greg Scruggs, who if he clears waivers this weekend could end up on Seattle's practice squad.
The move also back-fills a roster move from earlier the week, when the Seahawks released safety Josh Thomas to add sign center Patrick Lewis. Lewis arrived from Cleveland's practice squad to add depth behind fill-in starter Stephen Schilling, with two-time Pro Bowl center Max Unger likely out tomorrow with a sprained foot.
Chancellor missed practice on Thursday and Friday with what coach Pete Carroll said yesterday was a new injury on the opposite hip from the one on which Chancellor had surgery in the offseason.
He has missed just one game because of injury in his five NFL seasons: Oct. 2, 2011, against Atlanta when Chancellor had a strained quadriceps.
Carroll said Chancellor will test his hip in pregame warmups tomorrow before the team determines if he can play. If he can't, fourth-year man Jeron Johnson will likely get his first career start.
--Here is my Seahawks Gameday box that will be in tomorrow's News Tribune, with my game prediction:
DALLAS COWBOYS (4-1) at SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (3-1)
1:25 p.m., CenturyLink Field
TV: Channel 13. Radio: 710-AM, 97.3-FM
The series: Dallas leads the regular-season series 9-5. Three of the last four meetings have been in Texas, all Cowboys wins. The Seahawks won the last meeting, 27-7 in Seattle two seasons ago. All this doesn’t count a certain NFC wild-card game in Seattle at the end of the 2006 season, when a botched snap to Tony Romo on an extra point, Romo’s mad scramble for the goal line and Jordan Babineaux’s tackle from behind ended the Seahawks’ 21-20 win.
SEATTLE’S KEYS TO VICTORY
Muzzle Murray: These aren’t those former, Tony-Romo-chuck-and-duck Cowboys. Demarco Murray is off to one of the best rushing starts in NFL history. Dallas has been committed to the run all season, whether it is getting stopped early or not. Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor (hip) being questionable makes this task tougher for the Seahawks’ defense, which is leading the NFL is rushing defense. The winner between Murray vs. Seattle’s run D probably wins this game.
Unleash the “Beast”: As good as Dallas is running the ball, it’s not so good stopping the run. The Cowboys’ 4-3 defense is 20th in the NFL against the rush, allowing 122 yards per game on the ground. That’s a green light for Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell to use Marshawn Lynch early and often, with Percy Harvin on sweeps and quarterback Russell Wilson – coming off a team-QB-record 122-yard rushing game – on read options. Seattle’s top-ranked rushing offense has a chance for big gains.
Seize the ball: Murray’s only blemish is an NFL-high four fumbles lost in five games. And Romo is going to throw some balls up for grabs to big wide out Dez Bryant – he always does. The Seahawks’ defense has just two interceptions and one fumble recovery in four games, far off its Super Bowl-winning turnover production of last season. “It’s coming. We are close,” coach Pete Carroll and his defenders have said repeatedly this week. Getting turnovers Sunday would negate Dallas’ attempt to control the game with the run.
The pick: Seahawks, 31-23.
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Year
54 Bobby Wagner LB 6-0 241 third
Demarco Murray is coming right at SEA’s leading tackler. “I can’t wait,” Wagner says.
23 Jeron Johnson SS 5-10 212 fourth
If Chancellor is out, he makes his 1st NFL start. If No. 31 is limited, DAL will target Johnson
63 Stephen Schilling C 6-5 312 fourth
With Unger (foot) likely out, Schilling ready for 1st career start at center. DAL’s blitzes will challenge
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Year
29 Demarco Murray RB 6-0 217 fourth
Trying to join Jim Brown as only league players to rush for 100+ yds in 6 straight to start a season.
77 Tyron Smith LT 6-5 320 fourth
Carroll had him in USC camp at age 16. Cornerstone to DAL’s rushing rampage. Bennett, Avril test
88 Dez Bryant WR 6-2 220 fifth
Won’t shy away from challenging Sherman. Will definitely test Maxwell – often.