And there is a very good chance he will get injured and miss time or be ineffective — it’s a very common result for players who hold out for extended periods and then have to rush to catch up to game speed. Hamstrings, groins and anything else that can be pulled are major concerns now.
The big immediate question: Will the Seahawks resist the urge to just throw Chancellor back into the lineup with three days of preparation time? Will they risk the injuries that so often accompany holdouts?
The Seahawks have a two-week roster exemption and probably would be wise to let him work his way up to game speed during that period. At least sit him this week against Chicago and then see how it goes next week before the Monday night game against Detroit.
As for the savior nonsense, some have said Chancellor would have been the difference in their losses, especially on the short passes the Rams and Packers both used. These people must not recall that Chancellor was on the field when San Diego, Dallas, St. Louis and New England all used that tactic to beat them last season.
Obviously, Chancellor will help the Seahawks on the field — once he gets up to speed and assuming he does not pull anything — but let’s not get carried away into thinking they are going to go undefeated the rest of the way now that he is back.
On top of that, do you really think he will carry the same leadership credentials after he abandoned his teammates for the first two games? No, things will be different. The chemistry of this team will not be quite the same — and it will take a few weeks for it to return to some condition of normalcy.
As for Chancellor’s decision to return, he told Screamin’ A. Smith (edited): “I’m gonna go help my teammates that are understanding of my position and the ones who aren’t. God forgives all — why can’t I? Time to help us get back to the big dance. I can address business after the season. Me and Marshawn started a mission two years ago. I can’t let my Dawg down. Real talk.”
You have to wonder why he didn’t consider “addressing business after the season” before wasting two months on a holdout that cost him money and might end up with him sidelined by injury.
Per 710 ESPN’s Gee Scott, who hollers to the world how well he knows Chancellor: The safety talked to former linebacker Ray Lewis after the ESPN analyst said on Monday that money would not have gotten him to leave his teammates in Baltimore.
That’s all it took for Chancellor to change his mind? A conversation with a chucklehead who was once the focus of a murder investigation? Just another reason you can doubt Chancellor’s leadership credentials.
So, just to be clear here: Chancellor is getting advice from Ray Lewis and confiding in Screamin’ A, a moron who said the Seahawks wouldn’t go anywhere without Chancellor. (Or maybe Screamin’ A was just playing Chancellor to get on his good side for a scoop.)
That almost makes us wish Chancellor would have stayed out all season so the Seahawks could prove they are not a one-man team. But he’s back, and that should end up being a good thing.
Here is what others have written about his return:
Bob Condotta has all of the pertinent details, from start to finish, of this saga.
Jason La Canfora reported that Chancellor’s bad knee was a big factor in his holdout.
Michael Robinson of NFL Network, per SI.com, doesn’t think Chancellor will be ready this week.
Interesting stat from ESPN: