The Seattle Seahawks announced Thursday morning that they’ve placed safety Kam Chancellor on the injured reserve/PUP list, which means he will not count against the 90-man roster. While this doesn’t come as a surprise, it’s still disheartening to see the 4x Pro-Bowler officially sidelined for the 2018 season and likely beyond.
The #Seahawks placed safety Kam Chancellor on the Reserve/PUP List, officially ending his season and his career.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 26, 2018
After suffering a neck injury against the Arizona Cardinals last season, question marks surrounded Chancellor throughout the rest of the year and the offseason on whether or not he would be cleared for a return. Earlier this month, it looked as through he had semi-announced his retirement on Twitter after not being cleared to resume football activities. It looks as though his account has now been deleted, but he ended his heartfelt message with the following:
Thank you again for all of the support and Love from everyone all over. Good or Bad its all received with Love. Time for the Next chapter. Lord take the wheel...
This sets an interesting tone as the Seahawks kick off training camp on Thursday. Since taking over his starting role at strong safety in 2011, he had completely set the fearsome tone for the defense over the next six years. More importantly, it officially marks the beginning of a new chapter in what the Seattle defense may look like going forward.
The Seahawks are spending the most money in the NFL at the safety position; Kam is virtually retired and Earl Thomas is holding out.