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Seahawks’ S Kam Chancellor returns to practice, expected to play against Patriots

06 December 2015: Seattle Seahawks Safety Kam Chancellor (31) [9829] in action during a NFL game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks at Mall Of America Field in Minneapolis, MN. (Photo By Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire)
Photographer: Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire

It looks like the Seattle Seahawks will get Pro Bowl strong safety Kam Chancellor back to the lineup this week when they play the New England Patriots. He returned to practice on Wednesday and head coach Pete Carroll told the media that Chancellor would be back this week, assuming he makes it through the week of practice without any setbacks.

“He’s coming back next week, if he makes it through the week,” Carroll said Monday night, adding that “[he] is a great boost to us.”

Carroll also noted that Chancellor was able to run and fire up his teammates before their Monday night 31-25 victory over the Buffalo Bills, before foreshadowing Chancellor’s return to practice this week and expected return to game action against New England.

“He told me that he’s going to make it back,” Carroll said. “He did a great job in pregame, he was all fired up with the guys, getting them jacked up. He’s ready to get in there. But he has to go through the days and survive the days, as we always talk about. But, it’s going to be an easy week for him to do that, so I’m counting on him playing.”

Assuming the four-time Pro Bowler doesn’t suffer any setbacks in practice this week, his return to the Seattle defense will be a major boost against Tom Brady and the powerful New England offense. Chancellor was named the team’s defensive captain before the 2016 season started and is arguably one of the best safeties in the NFL, so he will certainly be a welcome addition to the Seahawks.

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