RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor played in the Super Bowl with a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee, according to the team's website.
In a story on Seahawks.com posted Wednesday, Chancellor said two days before the loss to New England he was told he wasn't going to play. Chancellor collided knees with a teammate in practice the Friday before the game and suffered a deep bone bruise. During the examination, the torn MCL was revealed, Chancellor said in the story.
"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," Chancellor said. "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."
Chancellor was briefly in the Seahawks locker room on Tuesday during locker cleanout, but a team employee said he would not be speaking to the media. Seattle coach Pete Carroll was asked about Chancellor's injury on Monday but did not get into specifics about a torn ligament. Carroll said it was a "superhuman thing," for Chancellor to play.
"He may have had an earlier injury from years past, which he did wear a brace at times earlier in his career," Carroll said. "That may indicate why he was able to come back so fast, maybe some of the damage was from before."
Chancellor had 10 tackles and was in for every defensive play of the game despite the injury.
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