Continuing his holdout, Seattle's star strong safety won't practice Wednesday when the team begins its heavy game-planning work for Sunday's contest at Green Bay.
RENTON — Kam Chancellor’s holdout reached 48 days Wednesday. And when he again missed the Seahawks’ practice he also assured he will not play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.
That will be the second game Chancellor has missed. The total fines he could be levied by the team are more than $2 million.
More ominously, coach Pete Carroll said “nothing has changed’’ with the status of the holdout. Many wondered if Seattle’s season-opening loss at St. Louis might cause the sides to break their stalemate.
Instead, indications are that each side is as dug in as ever.
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Carroll made some of his most expansive comments on the topic Wednesday. He addressed the notion that the sides have been negotiating monetary terms that could lead to a breakthrough.
“It really never has been a negotiation,’’ Carroll said. “It’s been a conversation. Nothing has changed, though.’’
The NFL Network has reported that Chancellor wants $4 million in 2017 salary moved to 2016, and that the team has countered with $3.1 million. Other sources, though, said the team has not been negotiating changes to Chancellor’s contract, instead asking him to report first. Those other sources also said the team is sticking to its stance of not wanting to renegotiate Chancellor’s contract because it does not want to set a precedent of redoing deals that have more than a year remaining (Chancellor’s has three).
Carroll said he would not get into specifics when asked about the NFL Network report.
“I’m not going to comment about any of that,’’ he said. “I’m going to stay exactly where we’ve been for the whole time. I have nothing to report to you. I wish I did. I really wish I did. We’d love to figure it out. But it hasn’t happened.’’
Asked at this point what could change, Carroll said, “He needs to come back in. We need to get him in.’’
Carroll added that he is not worried about the possible impact Chancellor’s absence could have in the locker room.
“No,’’ he said. “I think our guys have dealt with everything that comes at us in a really straight-up fashion and they are really focused on playing football and doing the best we can. We can’t coach the guy that’s not here. Can’t do anything about it. … I’m just disappointed like I know he is and everybody is that we haven’t found a way to get him here, that’s all.’’
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman also said he is not worried about the impact that Chancellor’s holdout could have on the psyche of the team.
“I think we have a pretty strong locker room,’’ Sherman said. “I think guys know who they are, we have great players, great leaders. I don’t think they’re concerned at all about what’s going on. They’re concerned about fixing things that we need to fix for this week for Green Bay.”
- Linebacker Mike Morgan (hamstring), a key special-teams player, was ruled out for Sunday. He also missed last week’s game against the Rams. Cornerback Tharold Simon (toe) did not practice Wednesday. Carroll said Simon should play vs. the Packers after missing Sunday’s game vs. the Rams. Linebacker Bobby Wagner (ankle), defensive tackle Michael Bennett (ankle) and fullback Will Tukuafu (knee) were listed as limited Wednesday.