Seahawks RB Chris Carson is said to have retired at age 27

Seahawks running back Chris Carson is retiring at age 27 with a neck injury, according to the NFL Network.

With the Seahawks reported to training camp in Renton on Tuesday, the team has reportedly given Carson a failed physical rating and will be officially released.

The NFL Network reported that Carson “will not be issuing a retirement statement, just in case his neck improves significantly” but expectations are that he will not be able to play again. The NFL Network reported that the appointment would allow Carson to receive “several million” in injury protection benefits.

Carson had one year left on a contract he signed in March 2021 that was due to pay him an unsecured salary of $4.5 million this year. This contract included $5.5 million in secured funds.

Carson did not play after Game 4 of last season due to a neck problem that coach Pete Carroll said at the time was something Carson had been dealing with for a while and it exploded after playing one game against 49ers on October 3.

“He had an old injury that you can see[in exams],” Carroll said in October. “It’s kind of like, I don’t know if it’s chronic, but it does pop up sometimes. It wasn’t a problem in the past. He wasn’t hit, and so he got hurt. It’s a condition he probably got from weightlifting and all the things he’s done over the years. It could have been. That’s a long time thing. I caught a little bit, so we’re very careful with him. He was very uncomfortable to play.”

He then underwent cervical fusion surgery in December. The team had hoped to be allowed to participate in the offseason program and mini camp. But he was not able to pass a physical exam at that time, and Carroll spoke ominously at that time about Carson’s future.

“Our guys love this game they grew up playing, and when they feel there might be an end to it, it’s hard. It’s hard, and it’s real,” Carroll said. As we do with everyone else when it comes to the end of it. no escape. It’s coming, but it’s always early, so we try to fight that.”

Carson told in June that he hopes to keep playing, saying, “Oh, we’re still going now. I see myself playing until I feel like stopping. My mentality is to never give up. So I’m still as positive as I said, I keep fighting and get back on the field.” .

But for now, Carson’s career appears to be over, with Carroll saying in June that the two had talked about the possibility.

“We had a good chance to hang out with him and feel him, and he’s worried because he wants to play,” Carroll said. “He loves the game, and he’s a worker, you know. He wants to work and pay and all that,[but]there are some things he was still a bit restricted to do. So he wasn’t quite ready to do everything at the time, and it was hard for him.” “.

Carson came to Seattle as a seventh-round pick in 2017 from Oklahoma State and emerged as one of the team’s top late picks in recent years, immediately earning a starting role. But he injured his leg in four games in his rookie season and missed the rest of the year.

He played 41 out of a potential 48 games over the next three seasons, though, and rushed for a career-high 1,230 yards in 2019 — the highest single-season total for any Seahawk since Marshawn Lynch in 2014.

He’s eighth in Seattle’s all-time dashing list with 3,502 yards and sixth in touchdown touchdown with 24. According to Pro Football reviewers, Carson has the sixth-highest career approximate value rating of 75 players in NFL history to be ranked 249th overall.

Seattle predicted Carson might not be able to play this season by drafting Michigan State’s third Kane Walker in the second round in April. Seattle also re-signed a one-year contract with Rashad Penny in March, and Penny Walker is now the team’s back duo heading into 2022 with Tuesday’s news on Carson.

“It was one of my all-time favorite Seahawks,” Carroll said in June. “I loved what he defended and what he brought, and we would love to bring him back. He is a very special player and a very special opponent. We will keep our fingers crossed. … We are all pulling for him.”

Some of Carson’s teammates took to social media after the news broke to pay the tribute. Simply Penny post a picture From himself with Carson while his teammate Travis Homer was running back Post a clip From TD Carson with the phrase “The Dog Mentality”.

This story will be updated.

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