Carson ‘week to week’ amid Seahawks’ banged-up backfield
The Seattle Seahawks’ perfect 5-0 record took a hit Sunday night. So did their offensive backfield.
In losing to the Arizona Cardinals 37-34 in overtime, Seattle’s top three running backs all went down with injuries, leaving the team with question marks heading into their Week 8 meeting with the visiting San Francisco 49ers.
Leading rusher Chris Carson, who has piled up 323 yards and has three touchdowns on the ground and three more as a receiver, sustained his injury in the first half Sunday and did not return. An MRI on Monday confirmed a mid-foot sprain, his second sprain this month after he hurt his knee in early October.
“There’s something there that we could see,” coach Pete Carroll said. “It’s just week-to-week, so we’ll see what happens. We don’t know. He was real determined to say, ‘I can go with it,’ but we won’t know until the end of the week, for sure.”
Top backup Carlos Hyde replaced Carson in the second quarter and gained 68 yards on 15 carries, but his status is unclear due to tightness in his hamstring. Carroll said the team was “hoping” he could play Sunday against San Francisco, where his career began.
Third-down back Travis Homer also got banged up against the Cardinals, suffering a bruised knee in the fourth quarter. An MRI showed no structural damage, so “that’s something he has a chance to recover (quickly) from,” said Carroll.
With those three injuries, the Seahawks may have to rely on rookie fourth-rounder DeeJay Dallas, who has played just two games this season, as they have no other running backs on their roster or practice squad. Rashaad Penny, their 2018 first-round pick, is not ready to return from his knee injury and is still on the physically unable to perform list.
–Field Level Media