This is a total shame.
It's really starting to look like the end of an era for the Seahawks. Seattle missed the playoffs for the first time in six years, and their once-feared secondary seems to be on the tail end of its prime.
Today, Pete Carroll made it seem like Kam Chancellor and Cliff Avril may never play again.
"Cliff and Kam are going to have a hard time playing football again,'' Carroll says of Avril and Chancellor, but indicates it will be their decision.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) January 2, 2018
Avril and Chancellor both suffered season-ending injuries this year, and both raised serious concerns. However, this news seems far more real than any rumored reports, as it came directly from the coach.
#Seahawks HC Pete Carroll indicated Kam Chancellor (neck) and Cliff Avril (spine) are likely done playing football. "Cliff and Kam are going to have a hard time playing football again.'' (via @bcondotta)— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) January 2, 2018
Chancellor's injury didn't seem all that serious at first, as there was even hope that he might make it back in time for a playoff run at one point. The news that his career may be over is certainly shocking.
Avril's injury was far more serious, as Carroll himself said back in October. Neck injuries are very serious, but the fact that the report seems to be the same from October to now doesn't bode well for the defensive end.
If both guys were forced to retire, it'd be a horrible loss for the NFL.