Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said second-year safety Kam Chancellor is doubtful for Sunday, after watching practice for a third straight day on Friday.
Veteran Atari Bigby will get the start in place of Chancellor, who’s been nursing a deep thigh bruise all week.
“We’re looking for a speedy recovery here at the very finish,” Carroll said. “And it’s not an injury that he can’t come back from, it’s just he has to have to have enough flexibility to run, and right now he doesn’t have it.”
But Carroll said Bigby is ready.
“He’s had a good week of prep,” Carroll said. “And he’ll be all over the field with all the special teams duties he as well. We’ll count on him to play just like Kam would have played.”
After having back surgery on Monday, offensive line coach Tom Cable showed his toughness by appearing at practice today, with a back brace sitting on a cart. Carroll said that Cable expects to attend the game and be in the coaches box on Sunday.
“This is a miraculous recovery for this guy,” Carroll said. “He had major, major back surgery just a couple days ago. We’ve been skyping him in all week long. There were some hilarious moments where we sat him on the stage and all you could see was his big mug up there talking to the team. … He got home yesterday, and he should never be out here right now, but he just did.”
Fullback Michael Robinson fully participated in practice this week, after missing two games with an ankle issue, and is expected to both start and play on special teams. Although Carroll said he’d like to have both Robinson and backup fullback Eddie Williams active on Sunday.
“It great to have him back,” Carroll said about Robinson. “Eddie Williams did a very nice job for us filling in, and we’ll see how the roster sets up and how many guys we can have. If we can have both of those guys available, it would be nice.”
And for for the first time this year the Seahawks will have the same starting five offensive linemen in consecutive weeks.
Speaking of the offensive line, offensive guard Robert Gallery is of course out for the second straight week with a groin injury, but Carroll said he’s ahead of schedule in terms of his recovery, and could do some things next week.
Gallery was supposed to miss four to six weeks, but that could be closer to four according to Carroll.
“Robert’s not very far off,” Carroll said. “He’s going to get back quickly. He has a great recovery going right now, so he’s probably a couple weeks away maybe at most.”
Here’s the injury report
For Seattle, Chancellor (quad) and cornerback Byron Maxwell (ankle) did not practice and are doubtful for Sunday.
Offensive tackle Jarriel King (ankle), Robinson (ankle) and LB Matt McCoy (shoulder/head) fully participated in practice and are probable.
For Atlanta, defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (knee), defensive end Cliff Matthews (knee), linebacker Stephen Nicholas (calf) and running back Jason Snelling (concussion) did not practice.
Receiver Roddy White (thigh) was a limited participant on Friday and is questionable, which would be a big blow for the Falcons if he cannot play.
Offensive tackle Sam Baker (ankle), linebacker Curtis Lofton (foot) and cornerback Kelvin Hayden (hamstring) fully participated in practice and are probable.