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NFL notes: Chancellor, Okung to be game-time decisions

Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor, left, is questionable with a groin injury for Seattle’s game against Oakland on Sunday. (Associated Press)
Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor, left, is questionable with a groin injury for Seattle’s game against Oakland on Sunday. (Associated Press)
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RENTON, Wash. – The Seahawks could be without starting safety Kam Chancellor and left tackle Russell Okung for Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders.

Chancellor (groin) and Okung (calf) were held out of practice Friday and are listed as questionable.

“(Chancellor)’s banged up a little bit. We’ll see what happens. He’ll be worked out on game day to see if he’s ready to go,” head coach Pete Carroll said.

With Chancellor ailing and Jeron Johnson out with a concussion, Seattle only has three healthy safeties on the roster in Earl Thomas, DeShawn Shead and Steven Terrell. Shead would likely start in place of Chancellor if he’s unable to play.

Okung will also be a game-day decision with Alvin Bailey likely to replace him in the lineup if he’s ruled out.

Centers Max Unger and Stephen Schilling are also listed as questionable but are expected to be active for the game. Unger has missed the last three games with a sprained foot, with Schilling taking over duties in Unger’s place. However, Schilling didn’t practice Thursday or Friday with a knee injury and Unger was limited all week.

“(Unger) made it through the week and so that’s a really good sign,” Carroll said. “We’ll see how much he can play but we’re happy to have him back out there.”

Patrick Lewis is the only other center option available to the Seahawks. He only has five regular-season snaps after briefly replacing Schilling in St. Louis earlier this season.

The Seahawks ruled out cornerback Byron Maxwell (calf) and defensive tackle Jordan Hill (ankle) for the third straight week. Linebacker Malcolm Smith is also expected to be out a couple of weeks with a groin injury suffered last week against the Carolina Panthers.

Seattle also announced they will wear “MP” decals on their helmets this week in honor of Marysville-Pilchuck High School following a school shooting last Friday. Inactive players, staff and coaches will also wear “MP” lapel pins on the sidelines and the team will hold a moment of silence prior to kickoff.

Willis questionable for 49ers

Patrick Willis, who missed the 49ers’ loss in Denver two weeks ago with a big-toe injury, will be a game-time decision Sunday when San Francisco hosts the St. Louis Rams.

Willis, third on the team with 49 tackles, says he still feels pain but is getting better every day.

“It’s all about being able to know how much pain you can endure and still perform,” Willis said. “I won’t go out unless I know I can help the defense.”

While Willis does not suffer from turf toe, a severe injury that sidelined cornerback Tramaine Brock for five games and who remains questionable this week, the injury does affect everything Willis every time he takes a step.

Rookie linebacker Chris Borland started in place of Willis against the Broncos and will fill the void again should Willis be unable to go.

Chargers’ Mathews returns

Chargers running back Ryan Mathews returned to the practice field for the first time since spraining his right knee on Sept. 14 but will not play in Sunday’s game at Miami.

Mathews did limited work Friday. The Chargers have their bye next Sunday and Mathews hopes to play in a home game against Oakland on Nov. 16.

“It’s great to have him out there,” coach Mike McCoy said. “He’s worked extremely hard, fighting through a tough injury early on. He’s done everything he can. So he’s getting close. He’s taking it one day at a time. And it’s great to have him run around out there.”

Also listed as out are cornerback Jason Verrett, who has a torn labrum in his left shoulder, and inside linebacker Manti Te’o, who hasn’t played since fracturing his right foot Sept. 21.

Around the league

Coach Joe Philbin remained absent from the Dolphins because of a family matter, but he’s expected to return before Sunday’s game against San Diego. … Chiefs safety Eric Berry is expected to play for the first time since spraining his ankle in a Week 2 loss to Denver when Kansas City plays the New York Jets on Sunday.

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