When the Seahawks took the field for their second defensive series Thursday in Oakland, every starter was taken out except one — safety Kam Chancellor.
That allowed Chancellor to play a series with his half-brother Keenan Lambert (the two share the same mother) and on the same field that Lambert called home for a few games last year when he was with the Raiders.
The two are separate by roughly four years (here’s some background) and were never on the same teams growing up in Norfolk, Va.
The two shared the field for Oakland’s second series, which Chancellor called “a very special moment. It’s like a dream come true since my brother is a lot younger we never got a chance to share the field so we always went to each others games, so just being on the same field at the same time was special, and watching him grow into the man that he is now is very special also.”
Chancellor said he asked earlier in the week if the coaches could make it happen for he and Lambert to be on the field together — Lambert, a second-year player, is in a fight for a roster spot at safety.
Chancellor said coach Pete Carroll told him right before the game “that it would probably happen. You know, I just got excited.”
Lambert said he also found out right before kickoff. “They said ‘get ready,”’ he said. “They were going to finally let me have that dream come true and I was going to play with my brother.”
Chancellor played for the first time this preseason last week against Dallas but played only one quarter — before Lambert entered the game.
Carroll said “that was something we wanted to make happen and it was very special for those guys to do that.”
The Raiders got one first down on the drive but punted after five plays.
Williams, McEvoy sit out
The Seahawks hoped that receivers Kasen Williams and Tanner McEvoy, each competing for a roster spot, would be able to shake off injuries and play.
But neither was able to make it for the game, which will only complicate Seattle’s decisions about the final spot or two on the roster at receiver.
McEvoy suffered a groin injury last week against Dallas while Williams, a former Skyline High and UW star, has battled a hamstring issue all of preseason.
Each took part in pregame warmups in full pads but then was out of uniform at kickoff.
Right tackle shuffle
Seahawks coaches said during the week that the only position on the offensive line that remained up for grabs is right tackle, where Garry Gilliam and J’Marcus Webb are competing.
Gilliam started, as he has all preseason. But Webb, playing in his former home stadium — he signed as a free agent with the Seahawks after spending last season with the Raiders — came in for the second series and the two rotated the rest of the first half.
• Another player who didn’t suit up was defensive lineman Michael Bennett, who did not practice three days this week after having a procedure on his toe in Los Angeles. Bennett has had a similar procedure in past seasons to deal with a chronic injury dating to his playing days in Tampa Bay before he came to Seattle in 2013.
• Jimmy Graham again went through warmups in full pads, which means he participated in a practice every day this week. Carroll said on Wednesday there’s a chance he could be ready for the opener against Miami on Sept. 11 but that no decision would be made until late next week.
• Rookie defensive tackle Jarran Reed, battling a toe injury, also sat out.