Some coaches may have condemned or at least talked to one one of his star players for showing solidarity for a holding-out teammate by wearing his practice jersey.
Apparently not Pete Carroll.
On Friday I asked the Seahawks’ coach for his reaction to running back Marshawn Lynch wearing the No. 31 jersey of holdout strong safety Kam Chancellor during practice on Thursday.
“I thought it was a statement that all of us understand. We all wish Kam was here,” Carroll said Friday just before the team boarded buses for their flight to St. Louis and Sunday’s opener. “So I have no problem with it.”
The coach did add one, premptive caveat to keep such statement at Lynch’s one day -- and one day only.
“We don’t need to keep doing it,” Carroll said, “but, you know, I think it was just that.”
Friday was day 43 of Chancellor’s holdout, with still no end in sight. Asked if there have been any changes on the three-time Pro Bowl selection’s status as he is about to forfeit $267,647 for missing a regular-season game, Carroll had the same flat tone and even more brevity than he’s had for weeks.
“No,” is all Carroll said.
Lynch was back to his usual number in Friday’s walkthrough practice, by the way.
Carroll’s choice in this situation is to diffuse it by glossing over what Lynch did as a non-event, while backing at least some of its message. The coach won’t stand for even the hint of distraction to his team and goes to great lengths to eliminate any possible sources of it. That was the intent behind his response to Lynch’s fashion statement.
“It’s over. It’s done. It’s just not a big deal,” Carroll said. “You could try to make it a big deal, but it wasn’t.”
KJR AM in Seattle and ESPN both reported Friday the Seahawks are done negotiating with Chancellor.
Here’s the deal on that: I’ve been told there really haven't been "negotiations." There is essentially nothing to negotiate, from the team’s side. The Seahawks long ago told Chancellor what they will and (more to the point) will not do. The team remains dug in insisting it will not set the precedent of adding money to a contract that has three years remaining.
Chancellor, a relatively old 27, remains dug in on wanting more guaranteed money now and in the immediate future because he likely doesn’t know how much longer his battered body can play -- and thus can see the end of his earning ability.
And the impasse continues.
▪ CB Tharold Simon is questionable for Sunday with a toe injury. But Carroll said the competitor with Cary Williams for the starting cornerback job opposite Richard Sherman will “be ready to play.” If Simon does not play, that’s more of a role for nickel back Marcus Burley and perhaps for Sherman.
▪ Carroll said backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, out since getting a high-ankle sprain in opening preseason game Aug. 14, is fully healthy to back up Russell Wilson Sunday in St. Louis.
Here is the complete injury report for the game: