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November 7, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Kam Chancellor unlikely to play Sunday, so Jeron Johnson in line to get first career start

The Seattle Seahawks will get a number of key players back for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants.

But one big name is likely to miss a second straight week — strong safety Kam Chancellor.

Chancellor did not practice all week and coach Pete Carroll said after practice Friday that he will be a gam time decision and that “he’s going to have to talk us into it at this point. He just wasn’t able to work during the week like we had hoped, so we will see. He’s very close to being ready. But still we have to make sure to take care of him for the long haul.”

Chancellor suffered a groin injury in practice last week that caused him to miss the Oakland game, the first game he had sat out since 2011.

Assuming Chancellor can’t play, then fourth-year vet Jeron Johnson will get the start at strong safety. Johnson sat out last week with a concussion, which forced Seattle to start DeShawn Shead at strong safety. But Johnson is the natural backup for Chancellor.

“It’s good to have Jeron back,” Carroll said. “He’s been there in the role of fitting in behind Kam for some time now so he’s best prepared and we should really expect him to play very well.”

“I’ve definitely been waiting on this opportunity, man,” Johnson said after practice Friday. “I can’t even downplay it and make it seem like it’s less than what it is. I’ve got to step in and just be myself. I can’t be Kam. I can’t be Earl (Thomas). I can’t be anyone other than Jeron Johnson. So that’s my main focuse being true to me and being true to the defense. I know my assignments, so just play football.”

As for the rest of the injury report, guard James Carpenter also was unable to practice this week and also appears unlikely to play, meaning Alvin Bailey will get the start at left guard.

However, center Max Unger and left tackle Russell Okung will be back, which Carroll said is “very positive for us.”

Unger had said a week ago he was hopeful of playing against the Raiders. Instead, he suited up but did not play, something he admitted was weird. Still, he also said having one more week off — he has not played since the Washington game on Oct. 6 with a foot injury — should help.

“I’d never been suited up and just kind of watched the game as the third-string emergency center,” Unger said. “I didn’t know if I was going in or not, but I’m glad I got the extra week in there.”

Carroll also said Marshawn Lynch, who sat out Thursday with a calf injury, participated fully in practice Friday an is fine and will play against the Giants.

Carroll also said WR Doug Baldwin practiced the last two days and is fine after battling a groin injury suffered Sunday.

Carroll also has been vague all week on what the Seahawks will do at the linebacking spot. Brock Coyle started in the middle last week with K.J. Wright at weak side linebacker. But the Seahawks could again play Wright in the middle and play Kevin Pierre-Louis more on the weak side with Malcolm Smith out one more week.

Asked if Coyle will again start in the middle, Carroll said: “yeah, that could happen.”

Also back this week will be Jordan Hill after missing the last few games with a sprained ankle.

Here’s some video of Carroll talking after practice today:

Seahawk coach Pete Carroll talks to the media Friday.

 

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