When Kam Chancellor first started telling people he was coming back to the Seahawks on Wednesday, one of the things he said was, “Me and Marshawn started a mission two years ago. I can’t let my dog down.”
It was interesting — and many would say appropriate — that the defense’s heartbeat was recognizing the offense’s thumper as a kindred leader of the team. But, as Chancellor potentially makes his return Sunday vs. Chicago, Lynch might not be with him.
The running back is questionable with a calf injury suffered in Green Bay.
“Yeah, he’s got a calf that we’re working on,” Pete Carroll said. “We’ve been able to condition him some, but we just want to make sure and take care of him during the week, and so he’ll run tomorrow and we’ll see if he’s OK, and it will go all the way to game day on this one though.”
If Lynch can’t play, Fred Jackson would make the start and Thomas Rawls would back him up.
As for Chancellor, the team seems to be planning on him playing.
“We’ll figure that out,” Carroll said. “We’ve got to first figure out if he’s going to play and all that, then give him the OK. Then we’ll let you know as the game happens.”
Defensive coordinator Kris Richard said, “I’m not sure if he’s going to be back out there on Sunday yet, but he’s looked great out there at practice so far. … We’re just trying to get him back in the groove to make sure that he’s in great shape.”
Carroll called it “unrealistic” to think he would play four quarters. “I think he certainly could,” he said. “Whether it’s the right thing to do or not, we need to determine that.”
Carroll also shed some light on the steps the team takes to determine the health and readiness of players.
“We do a lot of stuff to monitor our guy’s workload, and the accumulation of information is what really gives us good accuracy and ability to predict what’s up,” he said. “Since he’s only been here a week, we don’t have a lot to go on, but we can compare to stuff we’ve had from last year and all that. So that’s what we do. We do a very in-depth analysis of our guys and how they’re taking to the work, and we operate with that information and adjust accordingly.”
Carroll said they have used that tracking method “for a couple years now” and “we have enough information now that we can really start to predict stuff.”
“You have to have a backlog and (create) a reservoir of stuff; and, as we’ve stuck with it, it’s seemingly coming to the surface a lot. We’re talking about it quite a bit because we think the information is really accurate.”
As for other injuries, Mike Morgan will return from a hamstring injury that sidelined him for the first two games.
“He’s been a big factor for us on special teams and all of the work that he’s done,” Carroll said. “He’s been a core guy for years around here, and that’s a good plus to get him back in the lineup.” Morgan led the Seahawks in special teams plays last season (77 percent).
Tharold Simon will miss his second game in three weeks; he has a dislocated toe, but Carroll expects him to play in the Week 4 Monday night game vs. Detroit.
“He tried really hard to get back last week and was able to get in the game, but he’s just not ready to withstand the play and then coming right back,” Carroll said.
Simon, a fifth-round pick in 2013, simply has not been reliable — because either he has been injured or has played poorly. But the Hawks do not give up on guys they like — see Byron Maxwell, whose first two years were an injury-riddled, too.
Steven Terrell (hip) also is out, and Luke Willson is questionable with a back problem (meaning Jimmy Graham might get a few more targets by default).
Listed as probable are Michael Bennett, who briefly left the Green Bay game with a toe injury, Cary Williams (thigh), Bobby Wagner (ankle) and Tarvaris Jackson (ankle).