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Chris Carson

Chris Carson

Running Back #32
ADP:Round: 3, Pick: 4
Team: Seattle Seahawks
Ht / Wt:6'2" / 206 lb.
College:Oklahoma State
Born:September 16, 1994
Drafted:2017 / Rd. 7 (249)
Draft Team:SEA

Chris Carson: Not threatened by Hyde signing

The Seahawks still intend for Carson (hip) to be one of their primary offensive weapons, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: The team drafted DeeJay Dallas in the fourth round and signed Carlos Hyde (shoulder) to a one-year contract, providing some backfield depth behind Carson and Rashaad Penny (knee). Carson and Hyde are expected to finishing rehabbing their respective injuries this summer, while Penny appears in danger of starting the regular season on the PUP list. A healthy Carson won't automatically match last year's averages of 18.5 carries and 3.1 targets per game, but it's at least within his range of possibilities. The Seahawks had initially hoped to sign Devonta Freeman, whose insistence on a larger contract inspired an audible to Hyde. A tough competition for backup work seems more likely than Hyde, Dallas, Penny or Travis Homer mounting a serious challenge for Carson's lead role. Seahawks general manager John Schneider mentioned Carson a few weeks ago, noting that the running back's recovery from a December hip fracture is going well, putting him on track to be ready for the start of the season.

May 25, 2020 6:07 AM EST

Chris Carson: Looking good for Week 1

Seahawks GM John Schneider reiterated Thursday that Carson (hip) is doing well and should be ready for the start of the season, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: Carson avoided surgery after his season-ending hip fracture in December, while backfield mate Rashaad Penny faces a much tougher rehab process after he suffered a torn ACL and other damage in his left knee. It's a good sign for Carson that the Seahawks haven't devoted significant cap space or premium draft capital to their backfield, with the offseason additions thus far limited to fourth-round pick DeeJay Dallas and undrafted rookie Anthony Jones.

May 1, 2020 5:07 AM EST

Chris Carson: Expected to be ready Week 1

General manager John Schneider said Carson (hip) should be ready to start the 2020 season, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Carson is rehabbing after suffering a season-ending hip fracture Dec. 22, but he's expected to start running soon and should be cleared fully at some point during the offseason. If he's indeed able to get up to full speed in time, the 25-year-old running back will likely be in line for bell-cow duties because Schneider was pessimistic about Rashaad Penny's (torn ACL) prospects of being ready in time for the season opener. Travis Homer will likely be back for his second year, and the team has discussed keeping Marshawn Lynch and C.J. Prosise (arm) around for the 2020 season.

February 25, 2020 11:20 AM EST

Chris Carson: Pleased with recovery progress

Carson (hip) hopes to resume running soon, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports. "I've got to meet with the docs and all that," Carson said. "But it should be soon."

Analysis: Carson said his recovery is going as well as he could've hoped for, maintaining that he won't need surgery. He suffered the season-ending hip fracture Dec. 22, two weeks after backfield mate Rashaad Penny tore an ACL. Coach Pete Carroll has been optimistic about Carson's recovery, noting that an extended period of rest should allow the running back to return to full strength at some point this offseason. Penny, on the other hand, is headed for a lengthy rehab process after Dec. 20 surgery, facing an uphill battle to be ready for Week 1 of 2020. Elsewhere in the Seattle backfield, 2019 sixth-round pick Travis Homer remains under contract, while C.J. Prosise (arm), Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin can become free agents during the offseason.

January 22, 2020 8:47 AM EST

Chris Carson: Won't require surgery

Though coach Pete Carroll indicated Wednesday that Carson doesn't need surgery to address the hip injury that landed the running back on IR, he acknowledged that Carson's recovery could be lengthy, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattlereports.

Analysis: On the plus side, Carson is expected back for training camp in advance of the 2020 season. With Rashaad Penny (knee) and C.J. Prosise (arm) also on IR, the Seahawks will feature a backfield duo of Marshawn Lynch and Travis Homer in Sunday's playoff opener against the Eagles.

January 1, 2020 1:08 PM EST

Chris Carson: Officially lands on injured reserve

Carson (hip) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

Analysis: Carson was already ruled out for the season, but this move -- and also the one to place fellow running back C.J. Prosise (arm) on injured reserve -- officially opened up space on the roster for running backs Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin. Carson will need some time to recover after fracturing his hip in Week 16, but he is expected to be ready to go for training camp next summer.

December 24, 2019 11:38 AM EST

Chris Carson: Diagnosed with fractured hip

Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Carson sustained a season-ending fractured hip in the Seahawks' 27-13 loss to the Cardinals in Week 16, Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Despite the serious-sounding nature of the injury, Carroll said it won't be a long-term concern for Carson, who is expected to be available for the start of training camp in July. Nonetheless, it's yet another mark against Carson in the durability department, with injuries having now cost him 15 regular-season appearances through his three NFL campaigns. With Carson and C.J. Prosise (arm) both expected to join Rashaad Penny (knee) on injured reserve in the coming days, rookie Travis Homer is currently the only healthy back on the roster. The are expected to add some reinforcement to the position group in the form of ex-Seahawks Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin, who are both slated to work out for the club this week and are expected to sign with the team.

December 23, 2019 10:13 AM EST

Chris Carson: Done for year

Carson (hip) will be out for the rest of the season after getting injured in Seattle's Week 16 loss to the Cardinals, according to coach Pete Carroll, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Analysis: This injury will sideline Carson for the Week 17 showdown with San Francisco to decide the NFC West crown and, more importantly, for the playoffs as well. With Rashaad Penny (knee) on IR and C. J. Prosise (arm) also exiting against the Cardinals, Travis Homer is on track to become Seattle's de facto lead back. Homer's first NFL touches came in Week 15.

December 22, 2019 5:27 PM EST

Chris Carson: Won't return Sunday

Carson (hip) is ruled out for the rest of Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: Carson exited the game in the first half and didn't return following the break. The third-year running back joins C.J. Prosise (arm) -- who was also ruled out for the game -- on the sidelines, and Travis Homer is the lone remaining healthy running back.

December 22, 2019 3:43 PM EST

Chris Carson: Suffers hip injury Sunday

Carson sustained a hip injury during Sunday's contest versus the Cardinals, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Analysis: Per Adam Jude of The Seattle Times, Carson limped to the locker room mere minutes before halftime, after which he was tabbed as 'questionable' to return. With C.J. Prosise ruled out of this contest due to an injured arm, the Seahawks are down to just one healthy running back: rookie Travis Homer.

December 22, 2019 3:01 PM EST

Chris Carson: Finds paydirt twice in win

Carson rushed 24 times for 133 yards and two touchdowns and caught one of two targets for four yards in Sunday's 30-24 win over the Panthers.

Analysis: Carson returned to a bell-cow role with Rashaad Penny (knee) in injured reserve, and he busted out of the gate on the team's opening drive, carrying four times for 47 yards and a score. The third-year pro showcased his explosiveness as well, exceeding 10 yards on eight carries, including three times on the team's final drive to help ice the game. C.J. Prosise and Travis Homer combined for just seven carries, so Carson looks locked into a massive workload going forward. Carson will look to keep the engine roaring in Week 16 against the Cardinals, who have yielded 120.5 rushing yards per game -- 24th in the league.

December 15, 2019 1:24 PM EST

Chris Carson: Undisputed bell cow sans Penny

Carson is expected to handle a bulk of the workload going forward with Rashaad Penny ruled out for the season with a torn ACL, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Carson spent the first 10 games this year as the clear bell cow, rushing at least 15 times in each contest and totaling 1,044 yards from scrimmage and six touchdowns. Rashaad Penny turned the backfield into a timeshare with a commanding Week 12 performance, though, and the duo split reps during the following game against the Vikings. However, Penny left this past Sunday's 28-12 loss to the Rams with a knee injury on the first drive, and Carson finished with 91 yards on 15 carries. With Penny out of the picture going forward, Carson is poised to be unequivocal No. 1 running back again while C.J. Prosise and rookie Travis Homer rotate in as change-of-pace options. Carson has a favorable Week 15 matchup against the Panthers, who have yielded 139.2 rushing yards per game -- the fourth-most in the league.

December 9, 2019 2:18 PM EST

Chris Carson: Records 91 yards from scrimmage

Carson rushed 15 times for 76 yards and caught three of four targets for 15 yards in Sunday's 28-12 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Carson looked poised to take a bell-cow role after Rashaad Penny left the game on the first drive with a potentially serious knee injury and didn't return. However, the game script had other ideas, as the Rams took a 14-3 lead early in the second quarter and Russell Wilson threw 36 times. Carson still managed a respectable workload and produced an efficient outing with 5.1 yards per carry, and his fantasy performance was on par with what was expected if Penny played the whole game. We're still awaiting the final verdict on Penny's status, and if it's a serious issue, Carson will be locked into hefty usage against Carolina's suspect run defense (137.5 yards allowed per game).

December 8, 2019 8:37 PM EST

Chris Carson: Carries for 102 yards, score

Carson rushed 23 times for 102 yards and a touchdown in Monday's 37-30 win over the Vikings. He also caught one of two targets for seven yards.

Analysis: There were obvious concerns about Carson's workload following Week 12's win over the Eagles after he fumbled twice in the fourth quarter and was out-touched by Rashaad Penny. Carson got the start, however, and extinguished those worries early by firing out of the gate with a nine-yard rush. Coach Pete Carroll was planning on a timeshare, as Penny received carries on the first drive as well, and both had productive nights with the latter reaching 107 yards from scrimmage and two scores. This is shaping up to be a split backfield moving forward, although this matchup was a bit of an anomaly with the duo combining for 43 touches. The Seahawks travel to Los Angeles for a matchup against the Rams' middling rush defense (104.2 rushing yards per game).

December 2, 2019 9:01 PM EST

Chris Carson: Falls behind Penny

Carson rushed eight times for 26 yards and caught all four targets for 31 yards in Sunday's 17-9 win over the Eagles.

Analysis: Carson played second fiddle to Rashaad Penny's hot hand, as Penny rumbled for 129 yards and a touchdown. Penny out-carried Carson 14-8 and registered 123 more rushing yards, although the former couldn't haul in his only target. Carson did fumble once -- he recovered -- but his backseat assignment was mainly attributed to how well Penny played, as Penny showed explosiveness, taking six carries for six or more yards while Carson did so just once. It remains to be seen to what degree Penny will cut into Carson's usage in the upcoming weeks, but coach Pete Carroll often went to the hot hand last season and may do the same going forward. Carson will look to bounce back in Week 13 against the Vikings.

November 24, 2019 1:41 PM EST

Chris Carson: Generates 159 scrimmage yards

Carson rushed 24 times for 124 yards and a touchdown and caught all four targets for 35 yards in Sunday's 32-28 win over the Browns.

Analysis: With Rashaad Penny (hamstring) inactive, Carson garnered over 20 carries for a third straight week. The third-year pro was efficient all day with 5.2 YPC, and he put the icing on the cake with a one-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, which went down as the game-winning score. Fantasy owners who held onto Carson through his fumbling woes have been handsomely rewarded to the tune of three straight games with over 120 scrimmage yards. Even if Penny returns next week against the Ravens, Carson's role as Seattle's bell cow is safe.

October 13, 2019 2:06 PM EST

Chris Carson: Less competition for touches

Carson is in line to see the majority of the touches Week 6 against Cleveland, as backup Rashaad Penny (hamstring) is inactive for the contest.

Analysis: While Carson was still the lead back Week 5 against the Rams, Penny got on the field for 12 offensive snaps in his return and carried the ball six times. That threat to Carson's workload will no longer exist against the Browns, as Penny will be on the inactive list and C.J. Prosise -- who didn't log a single offensive snap last week -- is in line to serve as the No. 2 running back. Carson and company will now face a Cleveland defense that is giving up the eighth-most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs in standard formats, which makes the matchup seem good on paper. However, Seattle will be without starting offensive lineman Duane Brown (biceps) and D.J. Fluker (hamstring), who are both on the inactive list for the Week 6 tilt.

October 13, 2019 9:06 AM EST

Chris Carson: Cleared to face Cleveland

Carson (shoulder) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in Cleveland, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: Fellow running back Rashaad Penny (hamstring) is listed as questionable, though his status impacts C.J. Prosise more so than Carson. The Seahawks' lead back handled snap shares of 84 and 76 percent the past two weeks, piling up 222 rushing yards on 49 carries and 46 additional yards (plus a TD) on five catches. The Browns have given up 21.5 fantasy points per game to running backs, eighth-most in the league.

October 11, 2019 1:25 PM EST

Chris Carson: Limited by shoulder injury

Carson is listed as limited on Thursday's injury report with a shoulder issue, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: Carson touched on the issue during media availability Thursday. "I feel good, close to 100 percent," he told Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle. "It's still early in the week, so we have some time. But I feel pretty good." Still, Carson's sudden appearance on the report is somewhat of a concern as the Seahawks prepare for a Week 6 jaunt to Cleveland. Depending on how the next few days go, he could yield more touches than normal to backfield mate Rashaad Penny on Sunday.

October 10, 2019 4:42 PM EST

Chris Carson: Snags game-winning score

Carson rushed 27 times for 118 yards and caught a five-yard touchdown pass in Thursday's win over the Rams.

Analysis: Just four days after logging 26 touches, Carson was thrust into another workhorse role. He was effective with 4.4 YPC, but he wasn't utilized in the passing game until the final drive. With just 2:28 remaining in regulation, Russell Wilson tossed a pass to a wide-open Carson, who nearly dropped the ball before securing it for the game-winning touchdown. Carson looks like the bell cow, and any worries of Rashaad Penny cutting into Carson's workload can be safely brushed aside for now, as Penny was simply a change-of-pace back with six carries for 18 yards.

October 3, 2019 9:14 PM EST

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