While the Seahawks got good news Monday concerning running back Chris Carson — his knee injury is not serious and he could return as soon as this week against Miami — they were left fuming at the manner in which Carson was hurt in Sunday’s win over Dallas.
Carson was hurt on a play that snapped with 3:14 left, when he was tackled by Dallas’ Trysten Hill, who then continued to hang onto and twist Carson’s left leg as the play ended.
Carson left the game and did not return.
During his radio show Monday on ESPN 710 Seattle, coach Pete Carroll said, “I was really pissed about that one. I don’t know what’s going to happen with that, but I was pissed because that guy hurt him, unfortunately.”
Fortunately, Carson did not suffer a significant injury.
An MRI revealed only a mild sprain to his left knee and Carroll said during his Monday afternoon Zoom session with reporters that Carson “looked really good this morning” and didn’t seem to rule out he could play Sunday at Miami.
While Carroll made clear his thought on the play on his radio show, when he was asked about it during his Monday afternoon Zoom session with reporters Carroll said he would not talk to the league office about it and offered no real opinion on if he thinks the league should take action (NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported earlier Monday that Hill is likely to be fined for the play but not suspended).
“I’m not into all that stuff,” Carroll said. “I don’t know what happens.”
Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright, though, made clear Monday that he thinks Hill should be suspended, stating on Twitter: “This is clearly intentional and getting fined isn’t enough. Im all for guys playing hard but I have zero tolerance for this.’’
Wright tagged the NFL’s official Twitter page in his tweet and said “this needs to be addressed ASAP!!” and called it “dirty, dumb, malicious” and something that “can end someone’s season!”
Safety Quandre Diggs later quote-tweeted Wright’s tweet and said Hill “should’ve been thrown out.”
In his Monday comments to media who cover the Cowboys, Dallas coach Mike McCarthy defended Hill, saying “there is zero intent for injury there. I want to make that clear.”
Instead, McCarthy indicated Hill just didn’t finish the tackle properly, saying he was “just trying to wrap and roll” and adding “you just continue to work on the fundamentals” as the season progresses.
Hill is a second-year player out of Central Florida and was a second-round pick in 2019.
He was on the same defense with current Seahawks Shaquill and Shaquem Griffin in 2016 at UCF and in 2017 teamed with Shaquem Griffin to help lead UCF to an undefeated season.
Carroll said Monday that Carson suffered a first-degree strain of his knee and indicated he may not be out long but said “we’ll just have to see how that goes.”
While players would undoubtedly take offense to any of their teammates potentially being injured in such a fashion, they may be particularly sensitive to Carson’s situation because he suffered season-ending injuries in two of his three seasons with the Seahawks and is entering his the final year of his initial four-year rookie contract, hoping to parlay a big season into a significant contract after the season.
With Seattle throwing it a bit more this season, Carson’s rushing numbers are down a little bit from last season, when he topped the 1,000-yard mark for a second straight year. Carson has 157 yards on 37 carries in three games — last year he averaged 18.5 carries per game and this year is at 12.3.
But Carson also has caught all 12 passes thrown his way for another 93 yards and three touchdowns.