Kam Chancellor is still holding out in joining the Seattle Seahawks’ practices days before their NFL season begin.
Head coach Pete Carroll admitted he is disappointed with missing his Pro Bowl safety and is preparing to start their first game of the season without Chancellor.
"He's not here, and he's not playing. That's all I can tell you at this point,” Carroll said to ESPN.com. "I am disappointed in this, very much so. And I think everybody should be because he's been such a great part of our team. It's unfortunate that it's come to this, and he's not here."
Chancellor is one of the key cogs in the Seahawks’ dreaded defensive line helping the team to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances in the last two seasons.
Chancellor did not join the Seahawks’ practice on Wednesday continuing his hold out hoping for a new long-term contract with the team. Chancellor is set to get paid more than $14 million in the next two seasons if his current contract is not restructured. The Pro Bowl safety can be fined by the team if he misses some games in the regular sason.
The 27-year-old Chancellor has been named to the NFL Pro Bowl squad three times, in 2011, 2013 and 2014. He was a fifth round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft or the 133rd overall selection.
Seahawks’ teammate Richard Sherman said that “everybody’s disappointed” with the Chancellor contract situation, but added that the team is focused in getting the first win of the season.
"I think everybody understands his stance and have understood it the entire time, so I think we'll be fine,” Sherman said in the article.
In place of Chancellor, 23-year-old Dion Bailey will get the start for the Seahawks when they open the season against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.