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Carroll on Seahawks holdout Chancellor: ‘He’s not playing’

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With Kam Chancellor still holding out from the Seattle Seahawks, coach Pete Carroll ruled the safety out of the team’s season opener.

“He’s not here so he’s not playing. That’s it,” Carroll said at practice Wednesday.

Cornerback Richard Sherman said, according to Sports Radio KJR, “Everybody’s disappointed. You expect to have him.”

Sherman added that he doesn’t know when Chancellor might rejoin the Seahawks but that his teammates understand his position.

NFL Network’s Albert Breer reported that Chancellor could become the first player to have a holdout drag into the regular season under the current collective bargaining agreement — not including quarterback Carson Palmer, who “retired” before he was traded to the Oakland Raiders.

Chancellor’s current contract runs through the 2017 season and is set to pay him $4.55 million this year. However, Chancellor already faces fines of more than $1.5 million for the holdout.

Chancellor, 27, was Seattle’s fifth-round draft pick out of Virginia Tech in 2010. After playing every game as a reserve during his rookie season, he started all but three games over the next four years, making the Pro Bowl three times.

The Seahawks open the season Sunday in St. Louis against the Rams.


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