Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson is retiring from the NFL.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the 27-year-old is calling it a career after five seasons due to a neck injury he suffered last season.
Later Tuesday, the Seahawks released Carson with a failed physical designation.
“Since the first time I saw Chris in the movies, I’ve loved his style and was thrilled when we got to have him when we did,” the Seahawks coach said Tuesday. Pete Carroll. “To see him grow and become such an impactful part of our program with such great style and all of that was a joy to watch. We will miss him and everything he brought to our program.”
Carson suffered a neck injury in Seattle’s Week 4 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 3, 2021 and was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 15, 2021. He underwent late neck surgery. seasonal in November.
Carson told USA TODAY Sports Seriously in late June that he was trying to be ready for Week 1: “I want to get as close to training camp as possible. My mindset is just to say healthy. It’s is what I want to do Throughout my career I have dealt with injuries so I want to be injury free this year.”
That same month, Carroll said Carson had to undergo “a big evaluation” to determine his future with the team.
“We’re waiting, there’s kind of a big assessment to do in about two weeks,” Carroll said at a June 9 news conference. “The doctors and the surgeon, they’ll get together again and see where he is and let us know.”
On Tuesday, Rapoport reported that Carson had failed his physical exam. He will be released with a failed physical designation, according to multiple reports, allowing him to qualify for millions of dollars in injury protection benefits.
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Carson was drafted out of Oklahoma State by the Seahawks in the seventh round with the 249th overall pick in 2017. In his five seasons with Seattle, Carson rushed for over 3,500 yards on 796 carries and 24 touchdowns. He topped 1,300 rushing yards in 2018 and 2019.
In June, Carroll acknowledged that retirement could be a possibility for Carson.
“Our guys love this game that they’re growing up playing and when they feel there can be an end it’s tough. It’s tough and it’s real,” Carroll said at a press conference. . “We’re going to love him through this and help him as much as we can if that’s the case, like we do with everyone when he comes to the end. It’s inevitable. It happens. But it’s always too soon. We’re trying to fight that and he knows it. He’s fighting. He’s doing everything he can and he wants to compete until the last word, so he’s going for it.”