The Seahawks finally found the money to put Kam Chancellor on injured reserve.
The team made the move Saturday to make official what had been known for more than a month: its thumping strong safety’s season is over because of a neck and nerve issue that has the 29-year old’s career in doubt.
Seattle also waived Mark Glowinski, its 2015 draft choice, 2016 starting left guard and starting right guard for the first two games of this season. Then Oday Aboushi and now rookie Ethan Pocic took Glowinski’s job.
The team promoted from its practice squad two players who took Chancellor’s and Glowinski’s places on the 53-man active roster in time to be eligible to play Sunday in what is essentially the NFC West championship game against the Los Angeles Rams. Rookie defensive back Mike Tyson and former Washington State linebacker Kache Palacio are now on the active roster.
This is the fourth consecutive season Chancellor played fewer than the full 16 games of a regular season because of injury. He got injured making a tackle on Arizona running back Andre Ellington Nov. 9 late in the Seahawks’ ninth game, the win over the Cardinals in the desert.
He joins Richard Sherman and Cliff Avril as Pro Bowl Seahawks on injured reserve. All-Pro middle linebacker Bobby Wagner has a hamstring strain and is questionable to play Sunday against the Rams. Pro Bowl outside linebacker K.J. Wright is doubtful because of a concussion.
Because of being too close against their salary-cap limit for salaries, the Seahawks had been essentially playing with 51 available players on their 53-man roster the last few weeks, until putting Aboushi and now Chancellor on injured reserve this week. Players on IR still get paid per their existing contracts, and the Seahawks didn’t have the money to add additional players to fill in for additional IR guys.
Last month during a practice, Chancellor and his wife walked into team headquarters, past the indoor practice field, past the locker room and upstairs. That’s where Seahawks general manager John Schneider’s office is, among those of other team leaders. It was a sign this wasn’t a season-ending but potentially career threatening issue with his neck and nerves.