Chris Carson

Seattle Seahawks
Running Back #32
Seattle Seahawks
Running Back #32
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Return remains uncertain

Head coach Pete Carroll didn't provide a timeline for Chris Carson's (neck) return to full speed, Gregg Bell of The News Tribune reports. "We won't know for some time here, and we can't predict it yet. So there is a little bit of uncertainty that we are waiting on," Carroll said.

Analysis: The Seahawks' decision to draft running back Kenneth Walker in the second round (41st overall) of the NFL Draft after already signing Rashaad Penny to a one-year deal should make us more wary of Carson's health than any of Carroll's press conference. Carson is still recovering from November neck surgery, and he wasn't guaranteed the starting role even before the draft. The 27-year-old simply can't match the explosiveness of Penny or Walker, so if he's able to make a return, his impact for fantasy is suspect.

Apr 30, 2022 8:40 AM EST


Still up in the air

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Thursday that he has no new update on Carson, who had surgery on his neck in November, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: Reports last fall/winter suggested Carson's neck injury could be career-threatening, and while the Seahawks haven't use those terms, Carroll did say there's not much the team can do for now besides wait and see what happens. They re-signed Rashaad Penny in March after his big finish to the 2021 campaign, potentially setting up a committee if Carson is able to play again. It doesn't sound like the 27-year-old running back will be cleared to practice anytime soon.

Apr 21, 2022 12:51 PM EST



Could return at training camp

Head coach Pete Carroll said Monday that he expects Carson (neck) to be ready for training camp, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: Carson played just four games this season before suffering a neck injury, which he attempted to return from before undergoing season-ending surgery in November. Carroll is notoriously optimistic about his player's injuries, and neck injuries tend to be tricky, so we should take his report with a grain of salt. If Carson does return for training camp, he may have to settle for a backup role to Rashaad Penny, who rushed for 671 yards (7.3 YPC) and six touchdowns over the final five games this season. It's worth noting that Carson will be 28 years old in September. The Seahawks would save $3.25 million against the salary cap if they cut him, as well.

Jan 10, 2022 6:50 PM EST


Neck surgery imminent

Carson is slated to undergo disc fusion surgery on his neck and should be healthy "late in the spring," coach Pete Carroll told Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle on Monday.

Analysis: Thus confirming Carson's season is over after tending to soreness in his neck since Week 5. Carroll's comments indicate Carson should complete his recovery from the procedure in time for at least part of the offseason program, but it'll be interesting to see the composition of the Seahawks backfield following free agency and the draft. Carson currently is under contract through 2023, while Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas have deals through 2022 and 2023, respectively. While Carson remains sidelined, Seattle will continue to roll with Alex Collins as its lead ballcarrier.

Nov 22, 2021 3:24 PM EST


Scheduled for season-ending surgery

Carson (neck) will soon have season-ending surgery, with coach Pete Carroll saying he's confident the running back will return next year, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle reports.

Analysis: The possibility has loomed for a few weeks now, if not longer, though for a couple days it appeared Carson might make it back for Week 10 against the Packers. He returned to practice last Wednesday and Thursday, but then was held out Friday and kept on injured reserve for the eventual loss in Green Bay. Alex Collins has been the lead man for a struggling Seattle running game in Carson's absence, with Travis Homer handling passing downs and Rashaad Penny and DeeJay Dallas hoping to regain roles at some point. Carson was designated to return from IR but will soon be officially made ineligible for the remainder of the season.

Nov 19, 2021 2:03 PM EST



Not progressing as hoped

Carson (neck) won't practice Wednesday, with coach Pete Carroll noting that the running back hasn't progressed the way the Seahawks had hoped, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Carroll didn't get too far into details, but this does suggest Carson is headed for another absence Week 11, not to mention the continued risk that he's ultimately moved back to IR and made ineligible for the rest of the season. Alex Collins has been filling in as the lead runner, with Travis Homer preferred for third downs, catch-up mode and two-minute drills.

Nov 17, 2021 12:40 PM EST


Status remains unknown

Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that the Seahawks will be "revisiting" Carson's status Wednesday, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Analysis: Carson is less than a week into his 21-day window to practice and put himself in a position to return from injured reserve. He was able to practice last Wednesday and Thursday, but the team held him out Friday and ultimately determined his neck wasn't fit for Week 10 action. It's unclear exactly where Carson stands in his recovery from a sore neck that has sidelined him for five games, but as long as he's unavailable to Seattle's backfield, Alex Collins will handle most of the work while Travis Homer, Rashaad Penny and DeeJay Dallas are available for complementary touches.

Nov 15, 2021 3:32 PM EST


Won't return in Week 10

The Seahawks won't activate Carson (neck) from injured reserve ahead of Sunday's contest at Green Bay, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports. "We don't feel like it's time yet, so we're going to keep him out," Carroll said Friday.

Analysis: After Seattle designated Carson for return Wednesday, he mixed into practice both Wednesday and Thursday, but he didn't take part in Friday's session, according to Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle. As hinted at by Carroll, Carson likely still is dealing with some discomfort in his neck and will remain on IR for another week. The Seahawks thus will hand the rock to Alex Collins while Russell Wilson (finger) makes his return to action this weekend. Behind Collins, the trio of Rashaad Penny, Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas will scoop up any RB reps that don't go to Collins.

Nov 12, 2021 2:29 PM EST


Likely game-time call

Carson (neck) is expected to be a game-time decision for Sunday's game at Green Bay, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Analysis: The 27-year-old returned to practice this week after sitting out the past four games with a neck injury, but he has yet to fully prove in practice that he's ready for game action. Carson will need to be activated from injured reserve ahead of Saturday's roster deadline to have a chance of suiting up Sunday, otherwise his potential return will be pushed to Week 11.

Nov 12, 2021 8:40 AM EST


Could play if practice goes well

Coach Pete Carroll said Carson (neck) is no longer dealing with discomfort but still needs to be evaluated throughout the week of practice before he's cleared to return for Sunday's game in Green Bay, Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Seahawks are hoping Carson can make it back as soon as Sunday, though they'll have a 21-day window to reinstate him to the active roster after designating him Wednesday to return from IR. It sounds like all outcomes are still in play here, with Carson potentially starting this Sunday if practice goes well, whereas a setback could send him to the season-ending version of IR. There weren't be any official practice status for Carson on Wednesday (or Thursday/Friday, in all likelihood), as he's still on injured reserve and doesn't need to be activated until Saturday afternoon in order to play in Sunday's game against the Packers.

Nov 10, 2021 12:44 PM EST


Returns to practice Wednesday

The Seahawks designated Carson (neck) for return from injured reserve Wednesday, John Boyle of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: As coach Pete Carroll predicted Monday, Seattle expected Carson to return to practice Wednesday, and this procedural move allows him to do just that. Carroll also told Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times that the team will take it "one day at a time" with Carson as he aims to get past the sore neck that sidelined him for four games before a Week 9 bye. Carson likely will be eased into drills this week, and with a 21-day window to be activated from IR, the Seahawks can technically wait until after a Week 12 game at Washington on Monday, Nov. 29 to make such a decision, or keep him on the reserve list for the rest of the season. While he attempts to get back to full health, the backfield will be the domain of Alex Collins, with Rashaad Penny, Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas on hand for any reps that linger.

Nov 10, 2021 11:16 AM EST


May practice Wednesday

Carson (neck) is in line to return to practice Wednesday, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: The Seahawks have yet to designate Carson for return from injured reserve, which is the procedural move that must happen for the running back to get back on the practice field. Coach Pete Carroll said Monday the team is taking Carson's situation "one day at a time" as he recovers from the sore neck that so far has kept him sidelined for four contests. Once his practice window is opened, Seattle will have 21 days in which to evaluate Carson and either clear him to play or let him remain on IR for the rest of the campaign. For the time being, Alex Collins will continue to lead the Seahawks backfield, while Rashaad Penny, Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas serve in complementary roles.

Nov 8, 2021 4:58 PM EST


Not ready to practice

Carson (neck) has yet to be designated for a return from IR, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Coach Pete Carroll indicated last week that the running back was targeting a potential return to practice in advance of this Sunday's game against the Packers, but that has yet to happen, which clouds Carson's Week 10 status. If he's unable to return to action this weekend, Alex Collins, Rashaad Penny, Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas would continue to handle Seattle's backfield duties versus Green Bay.

Nov 8, 2021 2:37 PM EST


Plans to return after bye

Coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday that Carson (neck) plans to resume practicing and retake the field Week 10, after Seattle's bye, Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Carson reportedly intends to return to game-action versus the Packers on Nov. 14, but he will obviously first have to pass a number of medical hurdles. After all, Carroll said as recently as Friday that Carson could potentially be in danger of missing the season. The starting running back's neck injury has kept him sidelined since Week 4. Russell Wilson (finger) is also a candidate to return to the lineup versus Green Bay.

Nov 1, 2021 9:52 AM EST


Could miss rest of season

Coach Pete Carroll acknowledged Friday that Carson (neck) is in danger of missing the rest of the season, though the Seahawks still hope he can "make a turn" and get back on the field this year, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Analysis: Carroll previously mentioned an indefinite timeline, and he's now using terms like "got to make a turn" and "fingers crossed" when discussing a potential return for his starting running back, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle. That's not to say a return in 2021 should be ruled out, but it is clear the the Seahawks aren't counting on it. Carson last played in Week 4 and currently resides on injured reserve, while Alex Collins (groin), Rashaad Penny, Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas are the backfield options in Seattle.

Oct 29, 2021 3:31 PM EST


No timetable yet

Coach Pete Carroll suggested Carson (neck) is without a firm timetable for return, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: Carson isn't eligible to return off injured reserve until Week 10 at the earliest so it's not entirely surprising to hear this assessment, but it's worth reiterating given the ambiguity regarding the veteran's neck injury suffered all the way back in early October. Alex Collins, DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer have done a respectable job of covering the workload in Carson's absence, and Rashaad Penny (calf) could also contribute in the coming weeks, but without Russell Wilson (finger) the Seahawks offense has struggled to consistently move the ball regardless. Wilson is also eligible to return injured reserve Week 10.

Oct 23, 2021 2:41 PM EST


Placed on IR, out through Week 9

Carson (neck) was placed on injured reserve Friday, ruling him out through Week 9, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Carson has already missed one game and will now be out for at least three more. His earliest possible return is Week 10 (Nov. 14) against the Packers, as his neck injury apparently hasn't healed the way the Seahawks had hoped. Alex Collins, DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer will be the team's running backs Sunday night against the Steelers, with Rashaad Penny (IR - calf) potentially returning from IR for Week 7 versus New Orleans.

Oct 15, 2021 4:07 PM EST


Could land on IR

Coach Pete Carroll acknowledged Friday that the Seahawks may place Carson (neck) on injured reserve, with the running back now ruled out for a second straight game, Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Carroll suggested it was a discussion rather than a decision, whereas for QB Russell Wilson (finger) it's a matter of when, not if, he'll be placed on IR. The coach was optimistic about Carson at the beginning of the week, but the running back is now set to miss a second straight game and likely more. Alex Collins figures to be the lead runner Sunday night in Pittsburgh, backed by DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer.

Oct 15, 2021 2:15 PM EST


Ruled out for SNF

Carson (neck) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in Pittsburgh, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: Coach Pete Carroll was optimistic earlier in the week, but the sentiment fader after Carson missed practice Thursday when he'd previously been scheduled to return (according to Carroll). With Carson out last week, Alex Collins got 15 carries and three targets on 71 percent snap share in a 26-17 loss to the Rams. The Seahawks figure to lean on Collins again this Sunday night, though DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer could also have roles. It'll be a tough matchup, facing the Steelers defense with Geno Smith replacing an injured Russell Wilson (finger) under center.

Oct 15, 2021 1:06 PM EST


Still sitting out practice

Carson (neck) didn't practice for a second consecutive day Thursday, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: When relaying to Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic that Carson wouldn't practice Wednesday, coach Pete Carroll said the running back would return to the field Thursday, but that didn't come to pass. This may be a worrisome sign for Carson, who is dealing with a neck issue that flared up prior to last Thursday's game against the Rams and kept him on the sideline. Until he rejoins his teammates in drills, he doesn't seem like a great candidate to be available Sunday in Pittsburgh. If Carson remains in street clothes this weekend, Alex Collins would serve as Seattle's lead running back while DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer mix in behind him.

Oct 14, 2021 4:23 PM EST


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