Pete Carroll on Kam Chancellor: 'He's not here and he's not playing'

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.

"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.