Chris Carson Suffers Minor Knee Sprain, Jamal Adams Nursing Groin Strain for Seahawks
Though they improved to 3-0 with a 38-31 win over the Cowboys on Sunday, the Seahawks were once again hit hard by injuries, losing four starters during the contest. Luckily, it looks like they dodged a bullet in the backfield.
According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, Seahawks running back Chris Carson's MRI results on his injured left knee came back negative with all of his ligaments intact. He's been officially diagnosed with a first-degree knee sprain and could be back in action quickly, though coach Pete Carroll indicated on his Monday radio show on ESPN 710 that the team needs to see how he responds this week.
"We'll just have to see how that goes," Carroll stated.
Carson, who had his left leg twisted violently by defensive tackle Trysten Hill as he rolled over his body making a tackle late in the fourth quarter, managed to walk gingerly off the field on his own power before being evaluated in the team's blue medical tent. Though Hill wasn't penalized, Carroll objected to the "gator-roll" tackle that caused the injury.
"Yeah, I was really pissed about that one," Carroll said. "I don't know what's going to happen with that, but I was pissed because that guy hurt him, unfortunately."
Carroll wasn't alone speaking out about Hill's dirty play, as linebacker K.J. Wright tweeted to the NFL Twitter account, "this needs to be addressed ASAP!! Doing dirty dumb malicious s*** like this can end someone's season! This is clearly intentional and getting fined isn't enough. I'm all for guys playing hard but I have zero tolerance for this."
Safety Quandre Diggs later quoted Wright's tweet, posting Hill "should've been thrown out!" following the play.
Losing Carson for any significant amount of time would have been a substantial blow to Seattle's offense. Though he's rushed for only 157 yards through the first three games, he eclipsed 1,100 yards each of the past two years and has emerged as a viable receiving threat out of the backfield this season, catching 12 passes for 93 yards and three touchdowns.
Thankfully, it doesn't appear the Seahawks will be without Carson for long, if he misses any games at all. And if he does, the team signed veteran Carlos Hyde back in May for a reason, as he provides valuable insurance after rushing for over 1,000 yards for the Texans last season.
In other injury news, rookie guard Damien Lewis suffered an ankle sprain and according to Carroll, he has a chance to play next week in Miami. Seattle also lost rookie linebacker Jordyn Brooks and safety Jamal Adams to knee and groin injuries respectively and it remains unclear when they will be able to return to action.
"He was really bummed out because he wants to play badly and you can imagine how important it is to him," Carroll said in regard to Adams. "But he too had a first-degree strain so we'll see how that goes and we'll just go day-by-day with that."
Seattle also played without cornerback Quinton Dunbar and safety Lano Hill on Sunday, but Carroll indicated both players would have a chance to return in Week 4. Dunbar has been dealing with a knee issue that didn't improve as anticipated last week and Hill woke up on Sunday morning with a sore hip.