At the end of the Seattle Seahawks victory over the Arizona Cardinals last Thursday, Kam Chancellor was carted off the field after being evaluated in the medical tent. Post game updates let fans know that Chancellor had suffered a stinger, but there was nothing further mentioned about the injury at the time.
Stingers are, for those who are unfamiliar with them, described as follows by WebMD
A 'burner,' also called a 'stinger,' is a common nerve injury resulting from trauma to the neck and shoulder, according to an article published in the Nov. 1 issue of American Family Physician. The primary symptom is a burning pain that travels down one arm and is often accompanied by numbness and weakness. This injury is most commonly seen in athletes participating in contact sports like football, wrestling, and hockey or in sports where the upper body may suffer collisions or pulls, such as gymnastics.
As with most injuries, there are different degrees of severity for stingers. Some, like when you smash your funny bone, are mostly harmless and go away without treatment in a very short period of time. Some, such as the issues Cliff Avril is currently dealing with as a result of a neck injury, are much more serious. When the original status of Kam’s injury was provided after the game last week, it largely took a backseat to the other injuries the team had suffered, namely that Richard Sherman had ruptured his Achilles and would be out for the year.
However, yesterday during his weekly Tuesday press conference Pete stated that Kam is still being evaluated and will need a few more tests before they know what is next for him.
That does not sound good. The Hawks have already place two Pro Bowl defensive players on IR in the last month in Avril and Sherman, and if the injury Kam suffered towards the end of the Arizona game proves to be serious enough, he could be a third.
At this point the only thing to do is wait and hope for good news.