RENTON, Wash. – The Seahawks practiced for another couple hours in the blazing sun at the VMAC Monday.
But the lasting memory for the fans who attended the team’s ninth practice of training camp will likely be something that happened outside the field of play — the return to the sidelines of safety Kam Chancellor.
Chancellor, who is on the team’s reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list and out for the season, walked onto the field in street clothes about halfway through practice, his first appearance of camp.
He was initially warmly embraced by the likes of Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner and then as more players realized he was there, he was swarmed during a brief break.
He watched the second half of practice from the sidelines, appearing to bark out instructions and encouragement. At one point he got into a stance, giving some sort of advice to rookie linebacker Shaquem Griffin.
Afterward, Chancellor walked over to the viewing and was greeted by applause, cheers and raucous shouts of “Kam,” stopping to sign every autograph request that came his way, staying at least a half hour or so after practice.
Through a spokesman, Chancellor said he didn’t want to speak to the media on Monday but would at another day, saying he plans to be around the team regularly. Chancellor tweeted in July that his career is likely over as he has not been cleared to return to the field due to a neck injury, writing that he was told he would risk paralysis if he tried to play again.
Chancellor, though, remains on the team’s roster as he is owed $6.8 million in an injury guarantee in 2018 and $5.2 million in 2019 and the salary cap ramifications mean that for now the team’s best option is to leave him on the roster.
As Chancellor made his debut on the sidelines fellow founding Legion of Boom member Earl Thomas stayed away for another day, his holdout showing no end in sight, with fines reaching past the $750,000 mark.
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