Strong safety Kam Chancellor is another veteran who returned to practice this week. Like left tackle Russell Okung, Chancellor is doing some early work, but isn’t yet doing full team drills.
But just like Okung, Chancellor is happy just to be back on the field in any capacity and says he thinks he’s on track for a return to full duty for the beginning of the season.
Chancellor had off-season surgery on his hip to clean up an injury he said dates back “five, six years ago” to his days at Virginia Tech.
“I’m on schedule to where I want to be and I feel like I’m getting healthy,” Chancellor said. “I just feel like I’m on a perfect schedule to get right back on the field and get ready to go.’’
Chancellor said the injury was “something that lingered on from college to now and something I dealt with for a while, some of the pain. I fought through it and now it’s good.”
Chancellor also had a couple of interesting responses on two other topics:
— First, asked about team’s trying to copy Seattle’s defensive template, Chancellor said: “Teams are probably trying to imitate us or do what we do. But I don’t think it’s possible. You can go get guys our size, our speed, whatever. But you can’t teach the heart inside of it, the want-to. Guys out here, we want-to. We want to make the tackles we waant to make the plays. We want to be out here at practice. When you’ve got guys like that, the unit becomes so strong.”
— And asked about the NFL’s new emphasis on illegal contact and defensive holding, he said: “One thing we do here is emphaisize what the league is dishing out, so when they started with the helmet-to-helmet contact, the coaches took us to the side and explained to us, what it was and how not to do it and the proper way to do it. And they are doing the same thing with illegal contact and I think guys are adjusting to it and practices are going well.”
Asked if he thought the league’s crackdown was due to the Seahawks, Chancellor smiled and said “ah, a little bit. Yeah, a little bit.”
You can watch some video of Chancellor here:
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