Carson (lower leg) had successful ankle surgery Tuesday, likely to repair damaged ligaments, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Carson also suffered a fracture just below his knee, but the damage associated with his high-ankle sprain is the more serious concern. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll hinted that Carson probably won't be a candidate to return from injured reserve, which leaves Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls to compete for early down work in the Seattle backfield. C.J. Prosise might eventually get a shot at picking up more snaps in obvious running situations if his teammates struggle, though his injury history seemingly makes the Seahawks hesitant to rely on him for anything more than passing-down snaps. Carson's injury may be similar to the one that ended Lacy's season after Week 5 last year and limited the former Packers back throughout Seattle's offseason program. Carson, a 2017 seventh-round pick, is still an interesting stash in deeper dynasty formats, but he can otherwise be dropped without hesitation.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday that Carson (lower leg, ankle) has an "outside chance," at best, to return from injured reserve later this season, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Carson, who exited early in Sunday's win over the Colts with a high-ankle sprain and a fracture below the knee of his left leg, underwent successful surgery Tuesday to address the former issue, which is considered the more serious of the two injuries. The rookie's placement on IR on Monday ensures that he'll be unavailable for at least the next eight weeks, and given Carroll's comments, it appears more likely than not that Carson's season has come to an end. Carson's extended absence should pave the way for Thomas Rawls to reenter the Seahawks' backfield mix, but it's expected that Eddie Lacy, who rumbled for 52 yards on 11 carries in Week 4, will get the first opportunity to serve as the team's lead back. A healthy C.J. Prosise (ankle) could also see his snap count pick up with Carson out, though he's still projected to see most of his work on passing downs.
Carson underwent surgery on his left ankle Tuesday.
Carson suffered a broken leg just below the knee and perhaps a high-ankle sprain Sunday night versus the Colts. It's unclear if Tuesday's procedure will alleviate both concerns in the long run, which could impact his ability to return at some point this season. Due to his placement on IR, the earliest Carson can be activated is Sunday, Dec. 3 against the Eagles. Moving forward, the Seahawks will likely roll with Eddie Lacy in clear running situations, with change-of-pace options C.J. Prosise and J.D. McKissic mixing in as well.
In the wake of Sunday's game, Carson's diagnosis includes a fractured leg just below the knee and potentially a high-ankle sprain. There's no telling if he'll miss the rest of the regular season, but he'll be eligible for activation from IR on Sunday, Dec. 3 versus the Eagles, at the earliest. For the foreseeable future, Carson will yield his newfound role to some combination of Eddie Lacy, C.J. Prosise and J.D. McKissic. During Sunday's fateful contest, Prosise was sidelined with an ankle injury, leaving Lacy (11 carries for 52 yards) and McKissic (four rushes for 38 yards and one touchdown, plus one reception for 27 yards and another TD) to operate out of the backfield. Moving forward, Prosise could eat into McKissic's workload upon returning, while Lacy handles most of the first- and second-down work.
The previous report regarding a potential broken ankle was apparently a bit off, but Carson nonetheless will require an extended absence, potentially even missing the rest of the season. Carroll said tests are still being done to determine the full severity of the running back's injury. Ligament or tendon damage would add another layer of complication -- something teammate Eddie Lacy can attest to. Lacy had 11 carries for 52 yards in Sunday's 46-18 win over the Colts, while Thomas Rawls was held out as a healthy scratch. Lacy figures to take over the lead role Week 5 against the Rams, but this could be a fluid situation throughout the season, just as it appeared to be heading into Week 1.
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