Pete Carroll may have hinted that Seahawks running back Chris Carson’s career in the NFL is coming to an end in his post-minicamp press conference. Carroll began speaking about Carson and talked about him in the past tense, calling him one of his favorite Seahawks players of all time.
Carson’s physicality and toughness helped make him one of Seattle’s best running backs ever, but it may no longer be safe for him to put his body through such grueling punishment.
The below picture shows what the metal hardware inside Carson’s neck looks like after he underwent extensive neck surgery, according to sports medicine doctor Jesse Morse.
Since Carson was forced out of action four games into the 2021 season, not much in the way of good news has emerged from this situation. But the 27-year-old apparently is not ready to call it a career just yet.
“Oh, we still going right now,” Carson said, via Heavy.com’s Jonathan Adams. “I see myself playing until I feel like stopping. My mindset is never to give up, so I’m staying positive like I said, and [will] continue to fight and get back onto the field.
“… Not trying to rush it; I’m just trying to take it one day at a time. Just keep rehabbing, keep getting better. Keep building strength and then go from there. But like I said, there’s no timeline for me.”
A 2017 seventh-round pick, the Oklahoma State product has two 1,100-yard rushing seasons.
Carson was testing the open market as an unrestricted free agent last offseason but opted to re-sign with Seattle on a two-year $14.625 million deal.
In 2021, Carson appeared in four games for the Seahawks and rushed for 232 yards on 54 carries and three touchdowns to go along with six receptions for 26 yards receiving.
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