Kam Chancellor expected to miss rest of '17 season

After losing cornerback Richard Sherman to a torn Achilles last week, the Seattle Seahawks could be without safety Kam Chancellor, as well.

Per NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, Chancellor is expected to be out for the rest of the 2017 season, according to sources informed of the situation.

Chancellor did not participate in Seahawks practice on Thursday or Friday. Garafolo reported the neck injury he suffered is not only severe enough to keep him out of their clash with the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night, but it will likely shelve him for the rest of the season.

The Seahawks confirmed Saturday that Chancellor will miss the Falcons game, but when asked about Chancellor's status for the rest of the season and beyond, coach Pete Carroll said the team is still evaluating the situation.

"We're still looking at what our options are," Carroll said. "And we'll continue to do that and keep evaluating what's going on. We're working very closely with him on that."

Added Carroll when pressed further about the severity injury: "Let's wait and see. Let's just wait and see. We're working through it like I said. We've met on it and we're hanging together and just trying to talk our way through it and not have to do anything any faster than we have to and we're just wait and see."

The loss is a massive one for the Seattle secondary. Chancellor serves not only as the hard-hitting safety who's one half of the Chancellor-Earl Thomas tandem, but he's also the leader of the Seattle defense that ranks 12th in total defense and 13th against the pass.

Compounded with the loss of Sherman, Seattle's bright future suddenly appears in question.

The Seahawks attempted to remedy the void left by Sherman by signing familiar veteran Byron Maxwell. They'll have to rely on a rookie, third-round pick Delano Hill, in place of Chancellor, as the injuries mount in Seattle.

To make matters tougher, Carroll also announced Saturday both offensive lineman Duane Brown (ankle) and defensive lineman Jarran Reed (hamstring) are game-time decisions for the Monday Night Football clash with Atlanta.

Seattle's upcoming schedule also doesn't make the injuries any easier to weather. The Seahawks close the season with Monday's contest against Atlanta, and then after a game at San Francisco, closes with tilts against Philadelphia, Jacksonville, the Los Angeles Rams, Dallas and Arizona. That includes four teams in the top 15 in the league in passing.

The silver lining: Seattle ranks second in passing. The Seahawks will need it going forward.

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