Okung, Chancellor glad to be back


RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor and offensive tackle Russell Okung spoke to the media Tuesday for the first time since the Super Bowl.

Both players returned to practice on a limited basis Monday after undergoing offseason surgery. Okung had foot surgery to repair a torn ligament in a big toe and Chancellor had hip surgery to repair a slight labrum tear.

“I’m feeling great, real good,” Chancellor said. “I feel like I’m on a perfect schedule to get back on the field and get to where I want to be.”

Chancellor said his hip issue had been an ongoing problem for years.

“I just needed to clean up some old stuff that was going,” he said. “It was something that lingered from college and pain I’ve dealt with for a while, but it’s good now. My hip feels fine.”

Okung missed eight games last year after suffering the injury early in the season, but started the final nine games and played well even though his injury still was bothering him.

“Now that I’m on my path to recovery, I’m just very grateful to be back on the field,” Okung said. “It’s great to be back out here after a really long offseason, at least for me. I’m really glad I got [the surgery] done. I’m really close and working in day by day.”

Chancellor and Okung won’t play Thursday night at Denver in the preseason opener, but the plan is to have both men ready to go for the start of the regular season.