Seahawks rookie running back Chris Carson will have surgery Tuesday to repair a “really serious high ankle sprain” suffered in Sunday’s 46-18 win over the Colts, coach Pete Carroll said during his regular weekly press conference Monday, and will be out at least two months, if not more.
That was among several personnel updates that Carroll provided from a game in which the Seahawks were particularly hard hit with injuries.
Here’s a breakdown of each:
— Carson was placed on Injured Reserve on Monday, which means he could return after eight weeks. Carroll said there is an “outside shot” that Carson could play later this season. The first game for which he would be eligible is Dec. 3 against the Eagles.
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Carson suffered the injury to his left ankle midway through the fourth quarter and while there were some conflicting and confusing reports along the way, Carroll provided on Monday the clearest view yet of Carson’s injuries.
Specifically, he said Carson has a broken bone in his leg but that it will heal on its own and is not the most serious of the injuries.
Instead, it is the ankle that will keep Carson out and require surgery.
“It’s a surgery that applies to a really serious high ankle sprain,” Carroll said. “And he does have a little fracture, but that is not the issue.”
With Carson out, Carroll said Thomas Rawls and Eddie Lacy will battle for the starting tailback job. Rawls was inactive for the Colts’ game as Lacy was two weeks ago. But each is now needed with Carson sidelined at least two months
“Thomas Rawls gets to step up that’s just good fortune and good planning and all of that ,” Carroll said. “And Thomas is really raring to go and we are excited to get him to play.”
— Left tackle Rees Odhiambo was released from the hospital Monday after staying there overnight for observation after having difficulty breathing after taking a hard hit to his chest area in the third quarter — he did not miss a snap. He was hurt on a hit from Indy’s Jabaal Sheard that Carroll said the team will send to the league office to get their view of if it should have been flagged.
While there was a report that Odhiambo had a bruised heart Carroll said emphatically that is not true.
“He does not have a bruised heart, which is out there — whatever, somebody made that up,’’ Carroll said. “That isn’t what he has. He’s got a bruised sternum.’’
Carroll didn’t rule out that Odhiambo could play Sunday against the Rams saying “we’re not sure what that means for this week but it’s nothing beyond that.’’
Carroll didn’t say who would step in for Odhiambo this week if he can’t play but his backup has been Matt Tobin. Tobin played the one play Odhiambo missed earlier when he hurt his ankle against Tennessee.
After finishing the game Odhiambo complained of breathing issues in the locker room after the game and was attended to by physicians with coaches and teammates huddled around.
Carroll said Odhiambo’s effort to continue playing was “more than we realized. He just sucked it up he was having trouble breathing and he just sucked it up and it kind of caught up with him after the game when he started to calm down, all the adrenaline wasn’t pumping and all. But it was a really good effort by him to hang tough and play a good football game. … (Quarterback) Russell (Wilson) said he would see in the hustle that he was struggling and didn’t know what it was all about. He was struggling to catch his breath. So it was gallant — a great effort.”
Carroll also praised the way that trainers and paramedics (from Seattle Fire) dealt with the situation.
“There was such a fantastic group of the guys around him,” Carroll said. “They were in absolute control, it was just impressive to watch those guys work and communicate, and look after him, and the way that they were helping him through it and reinforcing him and communicating with him. I heard that these guys are supposed to be really good, but man, they were on it. I was sitting right next to Rees right at the top of the whole thing that was going on there and Justin Britt was with me right there and coaches were around. Just to watch those guys work, it was fantastic, and they took really great care of him, and that’s a big man to move, so that was very impressive. We were very fortunate to have that group. I don’t know if those guys are stadium guys or where they come from, but they were first rate.”
— Carroll said defensive end Cliff Avril is dealing with stingers, mentioning earlier numbness in his hands, after his neck snapped back when he was kicked in the chin by the heel of Indy QB Jacoby Brissett when he dove to try to make a tackle in the first quarter.
Carroll said it is unclear how long Avril may be out.
“Cliff’s got some serious stingers in the game and its going to be a while for us to figure out what he’s got,” Carroll said. “It will take time to figure out what hes got. Got to take time to be clear and figure it out. There will be some tests and stuff like that. Don’t have any timeline on that at all but we’re going to take care of him and make sure that we take our time and do this really well to look after him.”
Carroll said Avril “got hit on the chin and knocked back. Those (MRI) results are affected by what is going on in your spine.”
The Seahawks signed Quinton Jefferson — a fifth-round pick in 2016 who was waived before the regular season and has been on the Rams’ practice squad — to add depth on the defensive line with Avril likely out a while. But Avril’s specific role as the LEO edge rusher will be taken by Frank Clark and Marcus Smith, with Clark almost certainly moving into the starting lineup for as long as Avril is out.
— Carroll said starting cornerback Jeremy Lane has pulled groin and it’s unclear if he will be able to play this week.
“He has a groin pull and we need to see how severe that is and what it means for this week,” Carroll said.
If Lane is out then rookie Shaquill Griffin will start at right cornerback with Justin Coleman as the nickel.
— Carroll said receiver Doug Baldwin made it through the game fine after being questionable heading into it with a groin issue. The team tried to limit his work some as he played just 46 snaps, a season-low 67.6 percent of the snaps (he played 87.8 and 98.8 percent the first two games before being hurt late against Tennessee). Carroll indicated Baldwin may be able to resume a regular work load this week.
— Carroll also said the team could get both cornerback Neiko Thorpe and running back C.J. Prosise back this week. Thorpe has missed the last two games with an ankle injury and Prosise sat out last week with an ankle issue.