To no surprise of anyone who watched Seattle’s 31-24 win over New England Sunday, safety Kam Chancellor was named as the NFC Defensive Player of the Week. Chancellor, who got the honor Wednesday, had a forced fumble that led to Seattle’s final touchdown as well as breaking up a final Patriots’ pass to Rob Gronkowski.
That Chancellor could pull off such a feat after having not played since Oct. 2 while battling a groin injury, was no surprise to Seattle coaches or players
“We’ve seen Kam come back before from injuries,” said Seattle coach Pete Carroll. “This was by far — he just lit it up in the week of practice, he was so physically right, really lean and fast during the week, legs were fresh. You could just tell he was ready and primed to go and it carried right into the game. He played a terrific football game, getting after the football a couple times, really huge and the tackles that he made, the coverage challenges that he had. Those guys were good, they’re just good at throwing and catching and he was all over guys. He played a very competitive game with some big plays and to add to it, it gives him a chance to be recognized like that.”
Cornerback Richard Sherman, meanwhile, smiled and noted that Chancellor “came out there with fresh legs. It’s incredibly impressive but it’s a testament to his preparation and his dedication. He’s a hard working guy and his impact on the field from the first play to the last play, his impact was felt. We’re obviously are happy to have him back.”
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Chancellor is the second Seattle player to get Player of the Week honors this year. Punter Jon Ryan earned Special Teams Player of the Week honors after the win over the Jets on Oct. 2.