Tra Carson

Detroit Lions
Running Back #33
Detroit Lions
Running Back #33

Tra Carson News

Cut loose after draft

The Lions released Carson on Monday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Analysis: Carson spent time with the Lions and Packers in 2019, even making a surprise start Week 8 and taking 12 carries for 34 yards. He then suffered a hamstring injury, which led to the Lions placing him on IR and then cutting him, only to re-sign him in January. The team is releasing Carson again after using second- and fifth-round draft picks on running backs D'Andre Swift and Jason Huntley.

Apr 27, 2020 6:28 AM EST

Secures deal with Detroit

Carson signed a reserve/future contract with the Lions on Tuesday.

Analysis: Carson spent a few weeks in Detroit in the middle of the season, but he went down with a hamstring injury, landed on injured reserve and was subsequently released in early November. The 27-year-old finished 2019 with 18 carries for 48 yards and four receptions for 18 yards in three games between the Packers and Lions.

Jan 7, 2020 2:35 PM EST

Gets tryout with Detroit

Carson worked out for the Lions recently, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.

Analysis: There has been no report that Carson reached a deal with the club as of yet, but at least he is seemingly healthy. The 27-year-old has seen time on both the Packers' and Lions' active rosters this season.

Dec 10, 2019 2:52 PM EST

Lands in Detroit

The Lions claimed Carson off waivers Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Carson was let go by the Packers on Wednesday, and he now lands with a division rival. The Lions waived Paul Perkins to make room for Cason on the 53-man roster, paving the way for him to serve as the team's No. 4 running back behind Kerryon Johnson, J.D. McKissic and Ty Johnson.

Oct 17, 2019 3:01 PM EST

Let go by Green Bay

The Packers released Carson on Wednesday.

Analysis: Carson's only offensive snaps with the Packers came Week 5 against Dallas, when he rushed six times for 14 yards and caught all four of his targets for 18 yards. Ryan Grant will now replace Carson on Green Bay's 53-man roster. His release leaves rookie sixth-round pick Dexter Williams as the lone reserve option at running back behind starters Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams.

Oct 16, 2019 3:05 PM EST

No snaps on offense

Carson did not play a snap on offense in Monday's victory over the Lions.

Analysis: Carson served as the backup running back and got 10 touches in Week 5 with fellow back Jamaal Williams out with a concussion, but he was a non-factor in Week 6 with Williams back in action. The Packers have used only two halfbacks in each game this season, so expect Carson to remain in a depth-only role as long as Williams and Aaron Jones are healthy.

Oct 15, 2019 10:16 AM EST

Serves as backup running back

Carson had six carries for 14 yards and four receptions for 18 yards in Sunday's victory over the Cowboys.

Analysis: With fellow running back Jamaal Williams (concussion) sidelined in Week 5, the Packers brought up Carson from the practice squad, and he operated as the backup behind top running back Aaron Jones. Carson did not accumulate much yardage, but he did see a fair amount of opportunities, handling 10 touches while playing 24 of a possible 74 snaps. Carson does not possess much upside as a fourth-year player who just received his first career touches, but he is firmly ahead of Dexter Williams on the Packers' depth chart, and would serve as the team's No. 2 back again in Week 6 should Jamaal Williams miss another game.

Oct 7, 2019 8:30 AM EST

Active Sunday

Carson is listed as active Sunday at Dallas.

Analysis: With Jamaal Williams sidelined due to a concussion, Carson and not Dexter Williams will be the direct backup to Aaron Jones. Carson has a good shot to get the first touch of his career.

Oct 6, 2019 12:03 PM EST

Will add backfield depth

Carson was promoted to the Packers' active roster Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Jamaal Williams (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game versus the Cowboys, so Carson was promoted to the active roster to serve as depth behind Aaron Jones and Dexter Williams. Carson entered the league in 2016 and hasn't logged a carry yet.

Oct 5, 2019 2:39 PM EST

Sticks with Green Bay

Carson signed with the Packers' practice squad Sunday, NBC26 Green Bay reports.

Analysis: Carson was waived by the team on Saturday but went unclaimed on waivers and will remain in Green Bay. The 26-year-old competed with Dexter Williams for the No. 3 running back job but ultimately lost the competition.

Sep 2, 2019 11:21 AM EST

Released by Packers

Carson was released by the Packers on Saturday, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

Analysis: Carson was competing with Dexter Williams for the No. 3 running back slot in Green bay. He looked impressive in preseason and may have slightly outplayed Williams, but the team appears to have opted for higher long-term potential. Carson could land on a practice squad or be picked up as a depth runner for another team before the regular season begins.

Aug 31, 2019 1:04 PM EST

Nice finish to preseason

Carson rushed six times for 25 yards and caught his lone target for 14 yards in Thursday night's 27-20 preseason win over the Chiefs.

Analysis: Carson started ahead of rookie sixth-rounder Dexter Williams and promptly ran for 15 yards on Green Bay's first offensive play. Although he'd later cede most the playing time to Williams, who finished with 64 yards and a touchdown on 11 touches, coach Matt LaFleur's admission last week that Carson topped Williams on the depth chart bodes well for his chances of earning the Packers' No. 3 tailback job behind Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams this season.

Aug 29, 2019 10:07 PM EST

Clinging to No. 3 spot

Carson is currently ahead of rookie Dexter Williams on the running back depth chart according to coach Matt LaFleur, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

Analysis: LaFleur cited Carson's superior pass protection as the reason for his current edge over the rookie Williams. Both guys remain behind Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams at this point, but Carson's in a good position to earn a roster spot.

Aug 23, 2019 4:47 PM EST

Finds end zone in preseason loss

Carson carried the ball nine times for 32 yards and a touchdown while catching one of two targets for 11 yards in Thursday's preseason loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: Most of Carson's production came on a 22-yard TD run on the Packers' final possession of the first half. The second-year back didn't see a single touch in six games split between Green Bay and Cincinnati last season, and while Thursday's score likely helped his case when it comes to winning a roster spot, Carson's unlikely to be much more involved in the offense in 2019.

Aug 22, 2019 11:25 PM EST

Minimal impact despite start

Carson started at running back in Thursday's preseason loss to the Ravens and had six carries for nine yards and one reception for seven yards.

Analysis: Carson started for the second game in a row with fellow ball carriers Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams (hamstring) inactive, but he was unable to get much going, averaging less than two yards per carry for the second time in as many weeks. None of the Packers' running backs were particularly effective Thursday, so Carson didn't hurt his chances of securing a roster spot too much. With that said, he is clearly behind Jones and Williams when healthy, and rookie running back Dexter Williams is still a better bet to make the cut as well.

Aug 16, 2019 9:58 AM EST

Plays in preseason opener

Carson (neck) had eight carries for 15 yards and one reception for 10 yards in Thursday's preseason opener.

Analysis: Carson was slowed by a neck spasm earlier in the week, according to Jim Owczarski of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, but that did not prevent him from taking the field Thursday. Carson started at running back with both Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams dealing with injuries, but he was not particularly effective, averaging just 1.9 YPC. Fellow reserve running back Dexter Williams made a better impression, averaging 4.4 YPC on 14 carries. The rookie Williams presumably had a better chance to make the roster ahead of Carson coming into the game, and the gap certainly did not shrink at all. It remains to be seen how many running backs will crack the Packers' Week 1 roster -- the health of the team's top two backs will be a major factor -- but for now, consider Carson fourth in line at his position.

Aug 9, 2019 11:02 AM EST

Not ready for OTAs

Carson (ribs) is present, but not practicing during OTAs, Rob Demovsky of reports.

Analysis: Carson was placed on injured reserve in Week 13 due to a rib injury, and it's unclear the specifics. The fact that he's able to show up is a positive sign, but he's clearly not fit to start offseason training. It's unclear whether Carson will be ready for when training camp opens in July.

May 22, 2019 4:07 PM EST

Lands on IR

Carson (ribs) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Carson sat out last week's loss to the Cardinals due to a rub injury, the severity of which has ultimately landed him on season-ending injured reserve. With Carson sidelined, the Packers could decide to bring in a depth running back to backup Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams.

Dec 5, 2018 2:25 PM EST

Unavailable Week 13

Carson (ribs) was ruled out for Sunday's game against Arizona, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Carson didn't participate at practice this week because of the rib issue, so his absence Sunday is hardly surprising. The specifics of the injury remains unclear, but the 26-year-old won't be ready for Sunday's game.

Nov 30, 2018 1:12 PM EST

Unable to practice Thursday

Carson (rib) is not participating in practice Thursday, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

Analysis: Carson was at least limited in practice last week and was able to suit up in Week 12 against the Vikings despite the rib injury. The fact that the 26-year-old running back is not practicing Thursday casts serious doubt on his Week 13 availability. Even if he does suit up, Carson is unlikely to provide any fantasy value, as his snaps primarily come on special teams.

Nov 29, 2018 10:01 AM EST

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