RB Chris Carson has ‘setback’ for Seahawks

Dec 8, 2017, 3:00 PM | Updated: 3:08 pm
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RB Chris Carson had a promising debut for the Seahawks before injuring his leg in 2017. (AP)

Rookie running back Chris Carson has suffered a setback in his return from a fractured leg, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll told reporters Friday.

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“Chris had a little bit of a setback in his rehab,” Carroll said. “He’s been doing great. Did a little bit of ankle turn, just caught it a little bit. So, we’ve just got to make sure we know what that means as he bounces back from it. We (were) looking to try to find a time when we could put him back on a practice field… we were looking with real optimism, but I don’t know if that’s going to happen after the little setback. We’ll have to see when we get through the weekend. We won’t know until Wednesday or so next where that fits.”

The Seahawks had been hoping to activate Carson from the injured reserve toward the end of December. With four games left in the season and a new ankle injury, though, the odds of a return for Carson now appear bleak.

The rookie out of Oklahoma State originally landed on the injured reserve in Week 4 after undergoing surgery to repair a high ankle sprain and small fracture. Seattle has since used a rotating group of tailbacks that includes Eddie Lacy, Thomas Rawls, J.D. McKissic and Mike Davis. Davis was the most recent addition – he also had the bulk of the carries in Week 13.

Dion Jordan (neck) is the only player listed as questionable heading into Week 14. Carroll said he’ll be a game-time decision.

Seattle is otherwise healthy for their road trip to Jacksonville, where they’ll face an 8-4 Jaguars team that boasts the league’s top-ranked defense.

All veteran players listed on the injury report earlier this week – including tight end Jimmy Graham, linebacker Bobby Wagner, and tackle Duane Brown – were full participants in practice on Friday.

In better injury news for Seattle, Carroll said cornerback DeShawn Shead had a “very positive” week of practice.

Shead suffered a season-ending knee injury in January and made his first return to the practice field Wednesday. Carroll said the coaching staff is already looking forward to getting him more involved, assuming he recovers well from the work.

“Well the first thing, we’re just trying to get him back on the field to see if he can get back to full speed and all that… he will certainly jump right back into special teams, because he’s been a leader and a captain there in the past. But we’re trying to get him ready to play corner; that’s all we’re focusing on.”

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