Standout rookie running back Chris Carson was carted off the field with an air cast on his left knee after sustaining an apparent left knee injury on a play late in the Seahawks' primetime game against the Colts Sunday.
Seahawks rookie running back Chris Carson could be sidelined for an extended period of time after suffering what coach Pete Carroll called “a significant’’ ankle inury in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 46-18 win over the Colts.
Carson was injured when tackled by Indianapolis’ Jon Bostic after a run for no gain with 6:37 left in the game.
Carroll said he didn’t want to get into more specifics until more tests are done but said “he has a significant ankle. We don’t know if he needs surgery. … but it’s significant so we’ll see.’’
Carson had his leg placed in an air cast and was carted off the field with teammates flooding onto the field to console him. He was on crutches in the locker room after the game.
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The rookie had become Seattle’s starting tailback and if he is gone for a significant time — and maybe even the season — then the Seahawks will have to turn back to the veteran duo of Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls to take over, as well as J.D. McKissic, who saw his first action of the season on Sunday and scored a 30-yard touchdown.
Lacy served as Carson’s backup and ended with a team-high 52 yards on 11 carries — 43 coming on Seattle’s final possession after Carson was injured.
“He looked good,’’ Carroll said of Lacy, signed by Seattle as a free agent last March after four years in Green Bay. “I thought he looked exactly like we hoped. He looked big and strong and tough and very decisive and he just needs to get some more carries to get going.’’
Lacy had not had a carry since the opener against Green Bay when he had just three yards on five carries.
Rawls was somewhat surprisingly a healthy inactive for the game.
But Carroll said afterward he’ll be needed now.
“With Chris banged up we’re so fortunate to have Thomas ready to jump back out there,’’ Carroll said. “We’re just lucky that we have a guy like that who’s ready to go and is healthy and all that.’’
Replays of the tackle was not pretty. Carson was sandwiched between two Colts defenders, and his left knee appeared to get caught in the pile. After the game.
Carson had been perhaps the biggest bright spot in an otherwise shaky Seahawks offense this season. He emerged as the team’s starting tailback after week one, notching a touchdown and 166 yards on 37 carries through four games.
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Odhiambo stable after a scary scene
A celebratory Seahawks’ postgame locker room scene turned scary and somewhat surreal as left tackle Rees Odhiambo suddenly had trouble breathing and was attended to by a bevy of trainers as concerned teammates and coaches looked on.
Odhiambo was stabilized and taken to the hospital, where he was expected to stay overnight, according to Carroll.
Odhiambo’s issues began when had the wind knocked out of him when he was hit in the third quarter on a play when a Russell Wilson pass intended for Jimmy Graham was intercepted.
“He had some trouble breathing after that (hit in the third quarter),” Carroll said. “Particularly after the game as he was kind of calming down and quieting down. So we took care of him. Hopefully he’ll be all right.’’
Carroll said all of Odhiambo’s signs were stable.
“They just had to do all the precautionary work to make sure he was okay,” Carroll said.
Lane, Avril leave with injuries
Seattle starting cornerback Jeremy Lane suffered a groin injury on the first series of the game and did not return, and defensive end Cliff Avril departed with a neck injury later in the quarter and also did not return.
Carroll did not give specifics on either injury.
“Cliff hurt his neck a little bit’’ Carroll said. “We have to figure out what that’s all about. He feels fine now but we have to make sure that he’s OK.’’
With Avril sidelined, Marcus Smith, a 2013 first-round pick of the Eagles who was signed by Seatle in July after being released by Philadelphia, had to step in. He had his best game with the Seahawks, making 1.5 sacks, and forcing a fumble on one that was returned for a touchdown by Bobby Wagner.
Avril was hurt trying to chase down Indianapolis QB Jacoby Brissett on a third-down run.
Avril tweeted shortly before halftime that he was OK, stating “I’m (thumbs up emoji)…. But man there’s a lot of hate on here. Love you guys too lol.’’
With Lane sidelined the Seahawks were down to three cornerbacks — Richard Sherman, Shaquill Griffin and Justin Coleman — as Neiko Thorpe was inactive for the second straight week with an ankle injury.
Griffin took over as the right cornerback in the base defense with Lane out and Coleman played as the nickel and made an immediate impact with an interception he returned 28 yards for a touchdown.
“To make a play like that and scored a touchdown, that’s big time,’’ Carroll said. “He looked very comfortable. He was very comfortable. If Jeremy’s going to take a little bit we’ll be in good shape.’’