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Seahawks injury updates: Chris Carson ‘unbelievably ahead of schedule,’ Pete Carroll says

Rookie RB Chris Carson has been out due to a lower leg injury since Oct. 1. (AP)

The Seahawks’ struggling run game may actually get some help before the end of the regular season in the form of rookie Chris Carson.

Head coach Pete Carroll told 710 ESPN Seattle’s Brock and Salk that Carson is “unbelievably ahead of schedule” in his recovery from ankle surgery, though it will still take at least two weeks of practice for him to be activated from Injured Reserve.

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“He’s looking awesome,” Carroll said Monday of Carson, who suffered a lower leg fracture in an Oct. 1 game against Indianapolis after rushing for 208 yards on 49 carries over the first four games of the season.

Carroll added during a press conference Monday afternoon that Carson will not practice this week.

At the time of Carson’s injury it seemed more likely than not it would be season-ending, but the latest update from Carroll provides plenty of reason for Seahawks fans to be optimistic that he’ll be in the backfield at some point during the stretch run.

“I watched him run last week and he was flying,” Carroll said. “In his first real day of changing direction, when they cut him loose, you couldn’t tell that he wasn’t fine. … He just has to show that he is back to full speed.”

Here are a few other injury notes from Carroll.

• DE Dion Jordan is expected to return next Sunday against Jacksonville after missing the past two games with a neck injury.

• The Seahawks will continue to wait and see on rookie DT Nazair Jones, who missed the Eagles game with an ankle issue. “He’s got a good little sprain,” Carroll said of Jones. “He was hopeful yesterday that he would be able to make it back.”

• Seattle made it through the win over Philadelphia with no new significant injuries.

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