Seahawks’ to be without Kam Chancellor, Bradley Sowell; Bills’ Percy Harvin expected to play

Nov 5, 2016, 1:35 PM | Updated: 4:03 pm

Kam Chancellor's groin injury will keep out again Monday, making it four straight games since he's ...

Kam Chancellor's groin injury will keep out again Monday, making it four straight games since he's played. (AP)


The Seahawks will be without Kam Chancellor on Monday night against the Buffalo Bills, the fourth game in a row that a groin injury will keep the Pro Bowl strong safety out of action.

Head coach Pete Carroll said Chancellor doesn’t have a tear despite his lengthy absence from practice.

“I really hope he’s going to be on the practice field by next week,” Carroll said. “I am kind of optimistic about stuff like that. … He’s running some now but he’ll have to make it back next week. It hasn’t changed, we love having him, we hate missing him, but there’s nothing we can do about it. He’s trying to get back as fast as he can.”

Left tackle Bradley Sowell is listed as questionable with a sprained MCL suffered on Oct. 23 in Arizona, but Carroll said he is expected to also be out of action against Buffalo.

“He’s just surviving the early parts of practice. He’s not ready to go yet,” Carroll said of Sowell. “We were hoping that he might make a turn but that has not happened yet.”

Rookie George Fant seems the likely choice to start again at left tackle for the second straight week, but Carroll threw a curveball into the mix when talking to the media.

“We may have some surprises (at left tackle) for you but I can’t tell you,” he said. “I don’t know.”

The Seahawks are likely to see a familiar face on the other side of the field. Percy Harvin, who came out of retirement earlier in the week to help out a depleted Buffalo receivers corps, is expected to play, according to Bills coach Rex Ryan. Harvin came to Seattle prior to the 2013 season in a blockbuster trade and was a part of its Super Bowl-winning team, but he was shipped out the next season after clashing with teammates. The speedy, injury-plagued Harvin spent time with the New York Jets and Bills before retiring last offseason.

Ryan said Buffalo also expects to have the services of star running back LeSean McCoy (hamstring) on Monday, though he was listed as questionable. McCoy was sidelined last week against New England. Additional questionable players for Buffalo are WR Robert Woods, LB Jerry Hughes, TE Charles Clay, T Cordy Glenn, RB Reggie Bush, LB Lorenzo Alexander and LB Lerentee McCray. DT Marcell Dareus, DT Corbin Bryant and WR Brandon Tate are listed as out.

Also listed as out for Seattle is tight end Luke Willson, who continues to recover from arthroscopic knee surgery. He’s missed the previous two games after suffering an injury against the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 16.

“He ran really fast today, he looked good. I saw him work out, but he still has to get on the practice field and he hasn’t been able to get that done yet. Next week is a big week for Luke to return,” Carroll said.

The good news for the Seahawks is that neither quarterback Russell Wilson, who played through a pectoral injury last week vs. New Orleans, nor wide receiver Tyler Lockett (knee) appear on the injury report.

Regarding Wilson, Carroll said “there’s no question” he looked healthier in practice this week.

There were no real surprises on Seattle’s injury report, with defensive end Michael Bennett, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery earlier this week, running back Thomas Rawls (fibula) and cornerback DeAndre Elliott (hamstring) all listed as out. Carroll said the earliest Rawls could return is Nov. 20 against Philadelphia.

“Next week would be his first week back practicing, hopefully, then it would probably be another week after that (before Rawls plays),” Carroll said.

Carroll said Brock Coyle will be the starter for the second game in a row at strong-side linebacker after playing well against New Orleans. Usual starter Mike Morgan is on the injured reserve, though Carroll noted that he’s currently recovered enough from surgery for a sports hernia that he could play if he were eligible.

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