The Seahawks will begin their 2015 season without Kam Chancellor.

Head coach Pete Carroll acknowledged as much when addressing the media post practice on Wednesday: "He's not here and he's not playing," Carroll said, via

Without Chancellor, Dion Bailey will start at strong safety, and the coaching staff is optimistic he will play well after a strong training camp and preseason.

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"Dion Bailey has had a great offseason," Carroll said, via "We feel very comfortable. He's a playmaker and a very aggressive tackler. We're going to count on him to do the things he does well."

No Chancellor certainly hurts the Seahawks secondary, but Carroll believes the team is well-prepared to succeed in his absence.