It’s pretty easy to tell that Kam Chancellor knows exactly how to deal with Richard Sherman being, well, Richard Sherman.
After being flagged for pass interference by the officials monitoring the Seattle Seahawks’ practice during team drills Wednesday, Sherman playfully argued with the sideline official responsible for the call. While Sherman continued his lighthearted jarring, Chancellor tugged at Sherman’s white, No. 25 jersey and pulled him back to create some space between the player and ref.
“I’m the median man,” said Chancellor, who is better known as the mashing man of Seattle’s secondary. “I’m in the middle trying to break up everything and make sure everything is all right. (Sherman) was just playing around, though.”
Chancellor’s patience while recovering from offseason hip surgery in the spring finally paid off this week when he strung together two consecutive practices of full participation.
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“Every time our guys are out there practicing, I always want to practice,” Chancellor said, “because I want to get on this field and I never want to miss a beat. But it’s something I got to do right now to get the body right and get back and ready for the team.”
Coach Pete Carroll said he’s in no rush to get his starting strong safety on the field for an exhibition game. It’s likely Chancellor’s 2014 exhibition debut won’t come until next week’s third game, against Chicago.
Carroll said he noticed on Chancellor’s first full day, Tuesday, how much more comfortable All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas was having his back-line partner back with him.
Chancellor said there was never any concern that he and Thomas would need time adjusting to one another. Their relationship on the field is about as natural as they come, born the week after they were part of the Seahawks’ same draft class in 2010.
“It’s like riding a bike,” Chancellor said. “It’s second nature to me. Me and (Thomas) have been going since Day 1 here. It’s just natural for us to get back out to have the same flow, the same feeling on the field. The communication is just natural.”
Chancellor used his time on the sideline in minicamps and in training camp to coach such players as Jeron Johnson, DeShawn Shead and Terrance Parks, who filled in during his absence.
“While I’ve been sitting out I’ve learned to just coach the younger guys, while learning at the same time,” Chancellor said. “As you’re coaching, you’re still learning. I think that helped me out a lot.”
Rookie DE Cassius Marsh participated in the short, walk-through practice. An MRI showed no damage from the tangling of legs that felled him and sent him to the locker room with an ominous-looking knee injury Wednesday. Carroll said Marsh, who was impressive last week in Denver with Seattle’s only sack and four other tackles, might be able to play Friday night. … Expect this starting offensive line Friday: Alvin Bailey again at LT, James Carpenter at LG, Max Unger (back from a groin injury) at C, J.R. Sweezy again at RG and rookie Justin Britt still holding down the RT job. That would mean two of the three starters that missed the exhibition last week in Denver (when Russell Wilson got chased by the Broncos early) would make their exhibition debuts. … Asked a big-picture question on what he wanted to see Wilson improve upon this season, Carroll said, tellingly: “I’d like to see us protect him better.” … Carroll said Thomas will be back returning punts again Friday, with many others also getting chances there. … Expect to see a lot of O’Brien Schofield inside on the pass rush on third downs. Carroll mentioned how the defense — first through third string — needs to be better than it was in Denver getting off the field on third downs. … Jeremy Lane should be the nickel back again early in the game. He’s had an impressive couple of weeks in practice. … The coach said he is “hopeful” to get injured starting LBs Bobby Wagner and Malcolm Smith back at practice next week.