Chris Carson Injury Update
In this Chris Carson injury update, we’ll look at his recovery time, upcoming game status, and potential fantasy impact. If Carson can’t play Sunday, you’ll also need to know what Brandon Shell will do instead. This injury isn’t uncommon for Carson, who’s due to have surgery this week. Despite his recent return to practice, Carson has yet to play this season, so the team is awaiting more information about his status.
Chris Carson’s status for Sunday’s game against the Packers
Head coach Pete Carroll has announced that running back Chris Carson will be out of Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers because of a neck injury. The running back has been sidelined since Week 4 against the San Fransisco 49ers, and will likely miss his fifth straight game. The Seahawks have activated Russell Wilson and Dee Eskridge, and have nearly a full roster. One player that is questionable to play, however, is running back Chris Carson.
The Seahawks are likely to limit Carson’s carries and plays in Sunday’s game against the Packers. Carson has been sidelined with a neck issue for some time, and the team may want to limit his playing time this weekend. But Carroll hasn’t given any additional details about the injury. Carson was placed on injured reserve before practicing last week. And he didn’t practice on Wednesday, so he’s unlikely to play Sunday against the Packers.
With the injury to Carson’s neck, the team is trying to figure out how best to get him back in the game. The Seahawks are hopeful that Carson won’t have any discomfort when he returns to practice. The team will continue to evaluate the status of their key players who may be coming off injuries. Chris Carson is out for Sunday’s game against the Packers, but he’s expected to play some this week.
There have been reports that Carson’s neck injury could be season-ending. That’s hard to know until the Seahawks are sure he’ll be back. In the meantime, the team should be prepared to deal with Carson’s absence as a backup to Rashaad Penny. Penny has played well in the last five weeks, and will turn 28 in September. The Seahawks could save $3.25 million with a trade.
Carson’s neck injury was first reported as career-threatening last fall, but he wasn’t ruled out until late October. Though his recovery time was previously unknown, Seattle coach Pete Carroll remained hopeful that he could return in the upcoming season. However, the team signed Rashaad Penny in March, who played well last season. Penny can now serve as Carson’s medical committee, if he’s cleared to return.
Chris Carson’s recovery time is expected to take several months, as he had surgery to fuse the neck bones. As a result, he’ll likely miss the rest of the season. However, it’s important to remember that the NFL doesn’t allow players to miss more than a few games because of neck injuries. The Seahawks’ injury protocol requires players to practice and play for at least six weeks after surgery. In case of Carson, it’s better to take it slowly and get a thorough checkup.
Although Carson’s injury recovery time is long, he will have one more season left in his contract. The Seahawks have already signed Collins and Penny, and they’ll have the exclusive rights to Josh Johnson next year. If Carson is released from the team in July, the Seahawks would save $3.4 million and incur a dead cap charge of $3 million. With a healthy Carson, the Seahawks will be able to prepare for the 2022 season with confidence.
Impact on fantasy rankings
While he will have to sit out Week 5 in the absence of Chris Carson, it is unlikely that Carson will miss the entire season. A sore neck has limited him to just five games this year, and Carson has already been shut down for a few weeks. The next time Carson plays, he will likely be sharing snaps with Rashaad Penny. That means that if he is ruled out for the remainder of the season, he’ll likely be a backup in some leagues.
The Seattle Seahawks picked Rashaad Penny and drafted Kenneth Walker in the second round. Carson has not played a full season since November, and the team invested in Penny and Walker ahead of him in the draft. Carson’s injury is another reason to be cautious, as Penny and Walker are both better than Carson. In addition, Carson’s upside is suspect until he plays in a game.
The injury update on Carson is especially troubling because he is not a pass-catcher. Although Carson has a good running game, he’s never really been a factor in the passing game, so his absence is a big blow to the Patriots’ fantasy rankings. However, the injury does not seem to be a serious enough concern to warrant a downgrade in his overall fantasy value.
The team hasn’t released the official injury report on Chris Carson, but Carson has returned to practice. He missed some time last week, but he’s expected to return in the first half of 2019. If Carson’s absence continues, Alex Collins should be a viable backup in the slot. However, Carson is an unreliable fantasy streamer in Week 5.
Status of Brandon Shell
Seattle Seahawks right tackle Brandon Shell has been placed on injured reserve, and the team will play the Cardinals on Sunday. The Seahawks will be without their starting right tackle for a fifth straight game, according to Pete Carroll and the official Seahawks website. In addition to Shell’s injury, there are several other Seahawks who are out this week. Right tackle Jon Rhattigan is expected to undergo season-ending surgery this week, while the Seahawks have two players on their COVID-19 list.
In addition to Dee Eskridge, the Seahawks are also without their starting right tackle Brandon Shell, who is dealing with an ankle injury. Dee Eskridge, who suffered a concussion during the week, was limited in practice Thursday, and did not practice Wednesday. Carroll does not expect Eskridge to play against the Vikings, but he will get another report on the injury on Saturday. The Seahawks are near full strength in other areas of their offense, but they could be without their star wide receivers.
After a promising senior season, Shell was invited to play in the East-West Shrine Game after being injured in the Arizona game. Though he didn’t play, his performance was so good that he was invited to the game. The Seahawks were able to win despite the injury. The team was able to establish a running game and open up the playbook. With Cook out, the running game would be the team’s focus.
While the Seahawks paid Shell a two-year, $9MM contract, the injuries could catch up to him in 2021. The team could replace Shell with a younger player, such as undrafted rookie Jake Curhan at RT. Ultimately, the Seahawks should get younger at the position and rebuild the line, saving cap space. But Shell could be a backup for the next two seasons. Regardless of whether he’s healthy or not, Seattle should consider rebuilding the line with prospects. A young player at a key position could provide depth, and a veteran can bring competition.
Rashaad Penny is dealing with a hamstring injury and has not practiced in OTAs yet. Although it is not a major issue, Penny has not fully recovered from a torn ACL during his rookie season. Penny started the game for the Seattle Seahawks last weekend in place of Chris Carson, who was injured in Week 8. He had two carries for 19 yards, including a long of 18.
The injury is not as serious as the one that sidelined Chris Carson. Penny will still have to prove his worth, but he is definitely an exciting player to watch. He could be back with Seattle in 2022. He just needs to prove that his selection was not overly ambitious. He has a bright future with the Seahawks, and if he can continue to improve, he deserves to stay.
The Seahawks have already released the initial report about Carson’s hamstring injury. Penny, a presumed starter, is in the same boat as Carson. His hamstring is recovering from surgery, and the team is awaiting a medical report from him. However, Penny could be activated as early as Week 6.
As far as Rashaad Penny’s health is concerned, the team will be cautious if he returns to the field. The hamstring injury he has sustained last week will prevent him from participating in May’s practice. However, he is expected to play this week against the Saints. With Chris Carson out for the season, Seattle’s backfield looks like a disaster right now. Penny is a borderline RB2/3, but Seattle will likely be cautious and rest him for a while.