Carroll: Kam Chancellor in ‘rare form,’ ready to play Sunday

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll gushed about the conditioning and competition level of Kam Chancellor, indicating the safety’s lengthy holdout had little impact on his readiness to take the field Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

Chancellor, who ended his 54-day holdout over a contract dispute Wednesday, took part in team practices the rest of the week and looks good to go, says Carroll.

“He’s looked like he’s in just rare form,” Carroll said during his weekly appearance on KIRO Radio 97.3, via The Seattle Times. “He’s been working out really hard, he’s really lean and ready to go. He was anticipating coming back with the thought that he worked out really hard to get here so he looked great both days, the hard days of the week. So he looks like he’s going to be able to play some football and we are looking forward to that.”

Chancellor certainly appeared to be ready to make his return from a physical standpoint. Saying Wednesday “it was that time” to come back to the team, the hard-hitting safety came in at a reported 226 pounds with six percent body fat.

Carroll indicated the team will monitor Chancellor during the game but stressed his familiarity with the system should make his return relatively seamless. He also praised the safety for having a great attitude and that he’s been “embraced” by teammates since his return, setting aside any concerns his protracted holdout would alienate Chancellor from his fellow Seahawks.

That’s hardly surprising. Each and every member of the team probably understands Chancellor’s return gives Seattle the best chance to break out of its early season doldrums and notch its first victory of the season.

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