RENTON, Wash. – Seattle’s top needs for the NFL draft are assumed to be receiver and each side of the line.
The Seahawks’ confirmation Tuesday that strong safety Kam Chancellor recently had hip surgery, though, means the secondary might be rising in importance.
The team said Chancellor had surgery on his hip a month ago.
He has had a hip injury that has nagged him for two seasons.
NFL.com reported the surgery was to Chancellor’s labrum and that he might not be available for the start of the exhibition season. The team said it had no prognosis.
While Chancellor was on the field for 1,006 of Seattle’s 1,042 snaps in 2013, he occasionally sat out practice with what was listed as a hip injury.
He also played with a hip injury in 2012, an ailment that coach Pete Carroll said was similar to that of receiver Percy Harvin, who had surgery and missed all but one game of the 2013 regular season.
The team took a step to assure it had an experienced backup for Chancellor when it re-signed restricted free agent Jeron Johnson in April to a one-year contract worth $1.36 million.
DeShawn Shead, listed as a defensive back, has played safety, both at Portland State and with the Seahawks.
Seattle lists only three players as safeties on its roster — Chancellor, Johnson and free safety Earl Thomas. Thomas’ backup a year ago, Chris Maragos, signed as a free agent with the Eagles.