Although he never used the word retire, a series of tweets seemed to indicate he is moving on from the sport.
To walk away from the game by choice is one thing, to walk away from the game because of the risk of paralysis is another, Chancellor tweeted.
The 30-year-old suffered a career-threatening neck injury last season and said in May that he would continue playing if his health permitted.
If my body says don’t play, I’m not playing. I’ll listen, Chancellor told 13News Now in May. I’m a very good listener.
It had seemed more likely than not that Chancellor had played his final down. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said at the end of the season that Chancellor and defensive end Cliff Avril were going to have a hard time playing football again. Avril also suffered a career-threatening neck injury last season and was released in May with a failed physical designation.
The team had no updates on Chancellor’s status over the offseason, other than general manager John Schneider saying that Chancellor was scheduled to have another test in June or July that could provide some clarity on his football future. In his message, Chancellor said his final test showed no healing, indicating that he has yet to be medically cleared to return to football.
Bennett did nothing at UNLV to suggest he was the best pro prospect in what was clearly going to be an empty draft in 201But Cleveland grabbed him anyway, stunning many who had analyzed the draft in advance. What wasn’t stunning: Bennett’s failure with the Cavs, who missed the chance to add a quality piece to a promising young group of players. The team was delighted to include him in a trade to acquire Kevin Love in 2014; Minnesota gave up on him after one season and 57 games.
Other unproductive 1s: Michael Olowokandi, Los Angeles Clippers, 1998; Kwame Brown, Washington Wizards, 2001; Greg Oden, Portland Trail Blazers, 2007.
Evaluating Thabeet always was going to be a tricky deal. He stands 7-3, not a common height for elite NBA centers. But he was a game-changing shot-blocker at UConn, helping the Huskies to reach the 2009 Final Four.