Seahawks’ Kam Chancellor played in Super Bowl with torn MCL

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Kam Chancellor, #31, heading out onto the field Feb. 1 for Super Bowl 49 in Glendale, Ariz. (Photo: Getty Images)

RENTON, Wash. — Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor played in Sunday’s Super Bowl with an injury far more severe than was let on — a torn MCL, said Wednesday.

Chancellor got a deep bone bruise on the outside of his knee on next-to-last play in last Friday’s practice. But he disclosed Tuesday that the examination for that injury revealed a tear in his medical collateral ligament in his knee, according to Clare Farnsworth of

Head coach Pete Carroll said the MCL tear was likely from a previous injury, but called it “heroic” for Chancellor to play in the big game Sunday. He had 10 tackles, including one for a loss.

“It’s not a matter of talking about being injured and playing, it’s about being grateful for getting the opportunity to still even play through the injury,” Chancellor told Farnsworth.

“There are some people that get injured and can’t even play this game, can’t even play a game. So you’ve got to be grateful for how you’re feeling at the moment. Shoot, my injury happened two days before the game and they told me I wasn’t going to be able to play. They told me, ‘Torn MCL and bone bruise.’ I was mad. I was frustrated. But at the end of the day, I was able to play.”

In addition to Chancellor, safety Richard Sherman played with torn ligaments in his left elbow and CB Earl Thomas played after dislocating his shoulder in the NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers.

“It was an extraordinary effort from guys who played through unbelievable issues,” Carroll said. “That was a heroic thing that those guys did to play. They wanted to play for their teammates and they did exactly that, and they did it in great fashion.”







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