Chris Carson is said to be retiring, and officially released by the Seahawks

Seahawks running back Chris Carson called it a career after suffering a serious neck injury last year, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday morning.

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Later in the day, the Seahawks officially released Carson with a failed injury rating. Per Rapoport, the Seahawks releasing Carson in this way would allow him to take in “several million” dollars in injury protection benefits.

The veteran player played just four games a year ago due to a neck injury that eventually required cervical surgery.

After missing three games last year, Carson is set to return to training. But the 27-year-old didn’t turn around as head coach Pete Carroll and Seattle’s coaching staff had hoped, and his season ended shortly thereafter. Carson’s condition was a question mark from that point on, as it was unclear whether he would be able to play again for Seattle or for any team.

The Seahawks picked Carson in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft outside of Oklahoma State, and he quickly raised the depth chart, appearing in three games and starting in four as a rookie. Carson flashed in those games, rushing for 208 yards on 49 loads, but a severe ankle injury ended his season after just those four games.

Carson returned in 2018 and took on the starting role despite the Seahawks’ picking successor Rashad Penny in the first round of that year’s draft. He rushed for 1,151 yards in 15 games, then followed up with a 1,230-yard season in 2019, but his season ended in a second-to-last Seahawks game with a thigh injury. He missed the season final and the two Seattle playoffs as a result.

Carson was leading the Seahawks again in 2020, but his production and touch waned in 12 games as he rushed for less than 700 yards. He missed four matches that year due to a foot injury.

Overall, Carson has counted 3,502 fast yards and 24 touchdowns on 769 buggies since he enlisted. He also added 107 receptions for 804 yards and seven scores.

The Seahawks have Penny, rookie in the second round, Ken Walker third, Travis Homer and Dejay Dallas, remaining on the roster in the running back room.

The Seahawks also released backup linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven with a financial fail rating. Burr-Kirven will return to the injured reserve in Seattle if he clears waivers. The Seahawks also placed four players on the list of physically unable to perform: CB Tre Brown, LB Jon Rhattigan, OL Liam Ryan and LB Tyreke Smith.

Brown and Ratigan are still recovering from the knee injuries they suffered last season.

Seattle Sports’ reaction

When the Rapoport report was released, Bump and Stacy of Seattle Sports 710 AM were talking with Seattle Sports host Dave Wyman. Former Seahawks players and current Hawks analysts Michael Bumpus and Wyman have Bumpus serving as host for pre-game and post-game coverage while Wyman calls matches alongside Steve Raible. Rust also served as the Seahawks Channel Insider at the station for several years.

“He’s a man of disgrace,” Wyman said, referring to his view as someone who only played three of his nine NFL seasons in full health. “…It’s such a shame that you have such a talented guy because, at his best, Chris Carson is, to me, among the top five to come back. It’s really a shame, but I think it’s an easy decision for him, right? You don’t want to mess with your neck.”

The news did not surprise him due to the severity of the neck injury, Bumpus said, adding that retirement makes a lot of sense for Carson given that he is only 27 years old.

“He can still do a whole bunch of other things, maybe go into training if that’s what he wants to do,” Bombus said.

Bombus agreed with Wyman that Carson at his best was a first-class return. He also noted that Carson perfectly fit what Carol wanted from the Seahawks’ appearance.

“He brought in the physical strength Pete Carroll wants his team to be today,” he said.

Rost elaborates on how Carol values ​​Carson’s playing style.

“I’ve always seen Chris Carson as Pete Carroll running backwards. And the way Carroll would talk about Chris Carson, I just felt like it was the skill, dedication, fitness, and ‘desire’ that Pete Carroll wanted to see in the guys, especially in sprinting. I’ve always had that impression. Throughout my time covering Carson, but also hearing Pete Carol talking about Carson regularly, it was always that this Pete Carol running backwards. And fittingly, Chris Carson became the first returning enemy since Marshawn Lynch to get the Seahawks a distance away. 1,000 yards from a half-back.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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