Chris Carson went down on the Seattle Seahawks’ opening drive against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night after being hit in the head by a teammate.
Seattle had a 3rd-and-1 at their 47 and pitched it to the left to Carson. Carson was trying to rush for the first down and got clocked in the head by teammate Jacob Hollister, who ran into Carson while trying to block on the play.
Carson was able to walk off the field and went into the medical tent.
Carson began the game with three carries for 12 yards. He led the way for Seattle’s rushing game, which was somewhat of a surprise given his fumbles last week and the good game Rashaad Penny had.
Carson later exited the medical tent and was termed questionable to return to the game.
Week 12 of the NFL season saw some surprising teams win, a few lopsided scores, and one owner lose it over his team’s coaching in a loss. There was some bad kicking, turnovers, and a quarterback benching as well that were all part of the disappointments from the week of games. Here are the biggest disappointments of NFL Week 12.
Jason Garrett, head coach, Cowboys
It’s hard not to point the finger at Jason Garrett after seeing some of the coaching decisions he made in the Cowboys’ loss to the Patriots. He kicked a field goal down 13-6 on a 4th-and-7 rather than go for the touchdown, which was likely Dallas’ best chance of tying or winning the game. He started off the game passing the ball despite the wet and windy conditions rather than go run-heavy early. The kick return game was abysmal and a reflection or poor coaching. It’s no surprise Jerry Jones was so upset afterwards.
Woof, what an ugly game for the Raiders. After playing three straight at home and winning them all, the Raiders headed back onto the road, and it did not go well in any phase of the game. They lost 34-3 and did not score after a field goal on their opening possession. Derek Carr threw a pick-six and did so little in the game he was replaced by Mike Glennon in the second half. The Raiders may end up back at .500 after next week’s game at Kansas City.
After losing three fumbles in as many games, Chris Carson’s status as the Seattle Seahawks’ lead back is in question. Quarterback Russell Wilson, however, is trying to help Carson past it.
Wilson admitted that he’d sought out Carson to provide him some encouragement and historical context, reminding the running back that even the legendary Walter Payton once had fumbling issues.
“I just kind of went up to him and said, ‘You know, some of the greatest running backs (like) Walter Payton fumbled, too,'” Wilson said, via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. “He just kind of laughed and I said ‘It’s going to happen. Just realize you’re a great football player. Go for it.'”
Wilson is correct. Payton had 30 fumbles in his first three NFL seasons, including 11 in 14 games in 1977. He shaped up and fumbled just 56 times in his last ten seasons. That’s an encouraging reminder that this need not define Carson, but his current fumbles are an issue, and he does need to shape up quickly or risk losing carries to Rashaad Penny.
Week 3 of the NFL season is nearly in the books. With injury problems galore for numerous teams, several squads, most notably New Orleans and Pittsburgh, had to improvise with backup quarterbacks for the week. There were some weird coaching decisions and some heartbreaking moments as well, and those are among the places we find our disappointments.
Here are 10 of the biggest letdowns from Week 3.
Freddie Kitchens, head coach, Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns entered the season full of hype and has flopped so far. They laid an egg in Week 1 against a mediocre Titans team, failed to take advantage of many opportunities in their win over the Jets, and they fell at home to the Rams on Sunday night 20-13. Kitchens’ play-calling left a lot to be desired. He called a draw play on a 4th-and-9 in the fourth quarter that only generated two yards. And when the team got down to the four in the final minute, Kitchens called four straight pass plays. After the game, the first-year head coach expressed regret, admitting he should have tried at least one running play.
Chris Carson has had a major fumbling problem this season, and that’s an issue for him and the Seattle Seahawks.
Carson broke a big 23-yard run in the second quarter on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. However, he was stripped of the ball at the end of his run and the Saints picked it up and returned it for a touchdown to go up 13-7.
On the team’s next possession, Carson was replaced in favor of C.J. Prosise for most of the drive. The Seahawks did give Carson the ball twice in a row on 3rd-and-1 and 4th-and-1, and he was stuffed both times.
The fumbles are a serious problem for Carson this season. He has lost a fumble in every game this season. Comparatively, he did not lose a fumble as a rookie in 2017 but lost two last season.
Seattle’s running backs coach noted about Carson that “he holds onto the ball loose as is,” according to CBS. CBS said that the fumbles were an issue they have been working on this season.
The superlative performances continued in Week 2 of the NFL season, though there were plenty of low-scoring struggles as well. In either case, someone has to be a loser, but some players and teams had tougher weeks than others. Be it fumble issues, forced throws, bad offenses or defenses, there were definitely some who will look back on their week and feel very disappointed.
Here are 10 big disappointments from Week 2.
Kirk Cousins, QB, Vikings
The Cousins contract looks worse and worse for the Vikings, who appear to be saddled with a mediocre quarterback at this point. Cousins’ decision-making against the Green Bay Packers was suspect at best, as he threw two interceptions into triple coverage. They were both completely on Cousins trying to force it. The quarterback also fumbled twice and completed just 14-of-32 passes. Even his lone touchdown pass could’ve been picked off. The reality is his performance inside the 10 continues to be a major issue.
Nelson Agholor, WR, Eagles
Boy does Nelson Agholor wish he had one play back. Down 24-20, Philly had a 2nd-and-2 at their 40 with under two minutes left and Carson Wentz threw a perfect pass down the left sideline for Agholor. But he dropped it.
Agholor would have walked into the end zone for a touchdown to give Philly the lead and possibly the game. Agholor was lauded for making a big catch on 4th-and-14 a few plays later, but that matters little when he dropped the touchdown that would have given them the lead.
Attention fantasy football players: Chris Carson is looking like the lead back in the Seattle Seahawks’ running back race.
Carson split time with rookie Rashaad Penny in the Seahawks’ Week 1 game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Both received seven carries, though they had much different results; Carson totaled 51 yards compared to 8 for Penny. Both were factors as receivers, with Penny catching four passes for 35 yards and Carson three for 28.
On Tuesday, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Carson “took the lead” in the competition and that Penny looked rusty.
Penny was returning from surgery on his hand after missing several preseason games. Penny was the team’s first-round pick in this year’s draft, while Carson was a 7th-round pick in 2017. Carson was leading the Seahawks in rushing last season before breaking his ankle.
Despite using their first-round pick this year on a running back, the Seattle Seahawks probably won’t be throwing him to the wolves right away.
ESPN’s Brady Henderson reported on Wednesday that Chris Carson looks like the “favorite” to start in the backfield for Seattle this season. Henderson adds that the 23-year-old has “easily” been the team’s most impressive back in camp and has put on ten pounds of lean weight.
Carson rushed for 208 yards in four appearances as a rookie in 2017 before his season was cut short by a broken leg and high ankle sprain that landed him on injured reserve. The Seahawks did not bring back Thomas Rawls or Eddie Lacy this offseason, but they did take San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny with the No. 27 overall pick in this year’s draft. He will go along with Mike Davis, CJ Prosise, and JD McKissic on the depth chart.
Despite that mix of names though, Carson appears to have the upper hand in Seattle’s backfield competition. That should be a welcome dose of certainty for the team in a summer where they otherwise haven’t had much of it.
The Seattle Seahawks could be receiving a much needed boost to their running game in the coming weeks.
The Seattle Times’ Bob Condotta reported on Friday that Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Carson could resume practicing next week.
Carson, a 7th-round pick by Seattle, broke his ankle/leg in Week 4 against the Colts and was placed on IR after undergoing surgery.
Though he hasn’t played in over two months, Carson remarkably remains the Seahawks’ leading rusher among running backs (not including Russell Wilson) with 208 yards on the season. In recent weeks, Mike Davis and JD McKissic have produced for Seattle’s offense coming out of the backfield, but they no doubt would love to have Carson back. They could have him ready for either the end of the regular season or playoffs.
Chris Carson will undergo surgery on his ankle and could potentially return this season for the Seahawks, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said Monday.
Carson suffered a significant leg injury during the fourth quarter of Sunday night’s win over the Indianapolis Colts. He is believed to have suffered a fracture below the knee as well as a high ankle sprain.
Carroll told the media that Carson will undergo surgery on his ankle Tuesday and that the rookie also has an outside shot of returning this season.
Carson was officially placed on injured reserve Monday and could return after eight weeks.
Carson had worked his way up the depth chart from 7th-round pick to featured back over the past few weeks. Thomas Rawls, C.J. Prosise, Eddie Lacy and J.D. McKissic will likely pick up the carries in Carson’s absence.