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Pete Carroll says there’s nothing new with Kam Chancellor after loss

Pete Carroll, Kam Chancellor

AP

The Seahawks lost a game Sunday, in part because the guy standing in Kam Chancellor’s spot fell down and allowed a touchdown that sent the game to overtime.

But Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said that didn’t necessarily change Chancellor’s status.

“No, I mean, there is not much going on right now. It’s pretty quiet,” Carroll said during his show on ESPN 710, via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.

There were reports this Sunday that there was some degree of negotiation between the team and its standout safety, with the sides just $900,000 apart in 2016 salary, and no change being asked for in this year’s wages. But Carroll downplayed that, and indicated that he didn’t think it was becoming a distraction in the locker room.

“No, I don’t see the players talk about it at all,” Carroll said. “It’s pretty obvious he’s a terrific football player, a big part of our team.But the fact is we don’t have him — we have to go with it.”

They might not talk about it, but running back Marshawn Lynch showed up at practice last week wearing his jersey, so Chancellor obviously occupies some portion of the collective consciousness.

But even though replacement Dion Bailey allowed the game-tying touchdown, there was enough other weirdness to keep him from being the only reason for the loss (or even the main reason, or the one after that). So while the leverage game between team and disgruntled star might continue, Carroll’s not going to let it play out publicly.