Chris Carson, a running back for the Seattle Seahawks, is said to be calling it quits after five years in the NFL because of a neck injury. He is 27.
Chris Carson has been hurt for a year and has only played in four games during the regular season of 2021. He ran for 232 yards on 54 carries.
NFL Network says that Seattle will let Chris Carson go because he failed a physical. Because of this, the organization will give Carson “several million in injury protection benefits.”
In June, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said that Chris Carson’s injury might force him to retire.
Chris Carson won't make a retirement statement, just in case his neck dramatically improves. But this is where it stands. … And the #Seahawks, as they did with Cliff Avril, Kam Chancellor and others, make sure he gets his money. Thus, the official designation. https://t.co/pkZ23t7fWE
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 26, 2022
“We came here about 10 days ago and had a great time hanging out with him and getting to know him,” Carroll told ESPN. “He is worried because he wants to play, loves the game, and works hard. He wants to work and push and all that, but he was still holding back on some things, so he wasn’t quite ready to do everything at that time.
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“It just makes him sad. Our guys have grown up playing this game, and it’s hard for them to think that it might end. It’s hard, and it’s true. If that’s the case, we’ll love him through it and help him as much as we can, just like we do with everyone else at the end of the day. It has to happen. It’s on the way. But it’s never the right time.
We’re working hard to stop that, and he knows it. He is fighting. He’s doing everything he can, and he wants to compete until the very end, so he’s going for it.”
Chris Carson was taken by Seattle in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft from Oklahoma State. In both 2018 and 2019, he ran for more than 1,000 yards. In his career, Carson ran for 3,502 yards and 24 touchdowns.
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