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Pete Carroll: Seahawks running back Chris Carson (neck) may face end of career

October 3, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) hands the football off to running back Chris Carson (32) against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson has not been cleared to return to football activities and will miss the team’s upcoming minicamp after neck surgery last November.

Seattle’s Pete Carroll said Thursday that Carson is set to have a “big assessment” with doctors in two weeks and stressed that no decision has been made, but the head coach struck an ominous tone regarding the career of the five-year veteran.

“Our guys love this game that they grow up playing, and when they sense that there may be an end to it, it’s hard. It’s difficult, and it’s real,” Carroll said, per the Seattle Times. “And we’re going to love him through it and help him as much as possible, if that’s the case, like we do with everybody when it comes to the end of it. It’s inevitable. It’s coming, but it’s always too soon, so we’re trying to fight that off.

“He’s battling. He’s doing everything he can. He wants to compete all the way to the last word. And so he’s going for it.”

Carson, 27, played in just four games (all starts) for Seattle in 2021, rushing for 232 yards and three touchdowns. He underwent season-ending cervical surgery in November.

He was a 1,000-yard rusher in 2018 and 2019 and has gained 3,502 rushing yards in 49 games (48 starts) over five seasons with Seattle. He has 24 rushing touchdowns and seven receiving scores in his career.

–Field Level Media