Kam Chancellor is missing his second consecutive game, and just the third game of his five-year career, today as the Seahawks get ready to kick off against the New York Giants.
Chancellor missed the entire week with a groin injury on top of the bone spurs in his ankles. The thudding strong safety also missed last week's win over Oakland. He is a key to Seattle's run defense, with huge hits near the line of scrimmage, but the Giants haven't been running much or well lately.
Jeron Johnson will make the first start of his four-year career today, for Chancellor.
Left guard James Carpenter is also out with a sprained ankle he got during the Oakland game last week. Alvin Bailey will make his second consecutive and second career regular-season start. Last week he was at left tackle for Russell Okung. Okung is back starting today after a groin injury last week.
Max Unger's first start since spraining his foot Oct. 6 in the win at Washington means Seattle has 40 percent of its offensive line back today.
Nickel back Marcus Burley and cornerback Byron Maxwell were both listed as questionable to play on Friday, but both are active today. Jeremy Lane, active today for the first time since he strained his groin in the opening win over Green Bay Sept. 4 and Burley are likely to share time as the Seahawks' fifth defensive back in passing situations, coach Pete Carroll said on Wednesday.
The Seahawks list Tharold Simon, the starter at cornerback for three games while Maxwell was out, as today's starter with Maxwell backing him up. That doesn't mean that's how the game will begin, though.
The complete list of Seahawks' inactives for the 1:25 p.m. game: S Steven Terrell, S Kam Chancellor, LB Malcolm Smith, LB Bobby Wagner, G James Carpenter, TE Zach Miller, TE Tony Moeaki.
Smith (groin) may return next week for the game at Kansas City. Wagner (turf toe) and Miller (ankle surgery) may be longer than that. Not sure why Moeaki is inactive. Quarterback Russell Wilson was raving Thursday about how well the former Chiefs starter was catching the ball in his first practice Wednesday since signing the day before. Moeaki, whom the Chiefs and then the Bills in October let go because of injuries, apparently doesn't know enough of the plays yet -- or got hurt again.
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