Both Carson and McDougald were listed as questionable heading into Sunday's game, but they both played in the first half before exiting with injuries.

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The Seahawks not only lost to the Chargers 25-17 on Sunday, they also left the game with injury question marks concerning three key players — tailback Chris Carson, safety Bradley McDougald and guard D.J. Fluker.

Carson went out with a hip injury after picking up 40 yards on eight carries in the first half — he got his last carry with 7:49 to play in the second quarter and then retired to the bench. He watched the second half with his left leg heavily wrapped.

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Carson was replaced by Mike Davis and first-round pick Rashaad Penny, the only other two tailbacks who were active entering the game.

Carroll said Carson’s hip “tightened up” at halftime “and he couldn’t come back out and get going again.” Carroll said it’s the same hip injury that held Carson out of a game against Arizona earlier this season.

“I did what I can but they thought the best decisions was to sit me out for the rest of the game and it was the right move,” Carson said.

Davis finished with 62 yards on 15 carries while Penny had 11 on four attempts, and Carroll said not having Carson impacted the gameplan a little bit.

“Chris has been pretty hot lately and he’s been doing a lot of really good things for us and we certainly missed him,” Carroll said.

McDougald left the game following halftime and was replaced by second-year safety Delano Hill. McDougald wasn’t credited with any tackles before he left the game — he came back for one play in the fourth quarter when Tedric Thompson got the wind knocked out of him.

“His knee that was sore all week long, after he played for quite a while in the game it just tightened up again and he couldn’t finish,” Carroll said.

Both McDougald and Carson were listed as questionable entering the game.

Second-year player Delano Hill filled in for McDougald and finished with three tackles, one for a loss.

“He held up his own,” Carroll said of Hill. “We played well when he was out there. That’s a real positive, it’s a real plus for us. He’s a good player and he just hasn’t had a chance to get out there a lot yet.”

Fluker missed much of the fourth quarter with a calf injury.

“His calf just tightened up a little bit,” Carroll said. “And I don’t know what that means right now. But it tightened up and we didn’t want to put him back out there.”

Joey Hunt filled in for Fluker at right guard for the final two drives. But if Fluker is out for any extended period of time the Seahawks could go with Ethan Pocic — who began the season starting at left guard before being injured and then replaced. Pocic was not active for Sunday’s game with the Seahawks going with just seven offensive linemen.