Seahawks’ RB Chris Carson retiring from NFL after 5 seasons

SEATTLE — The Seattle Seahawks will begin their 2022 training camp without star running back Chris Carson, who is reportedly retiring after five seasons in the National Football League (NFL).

Carson is retiring at 27 due to an ongoing neck injury NFL network insider Ian Rapoport.

Carson reportedly failed his physical exam and the Seahawks will release him with a failed physical designation, Rapoport tweeted. The appointment will bring multimillion-dollar injury protection benefits to Carson, the team’s lead rusher during the 2018 and 2019 seasons, according to Rapoport.

The Seahawks have not officially announced Carson’s retirement.

Before retiring, Carson was training and preparing for the 2022 season if he was cleared to return.

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Carson played four games last season before suffering a neck injury that ultimately ended his career. Trainer Pete Carroll said Carson had a nerve in his neck that had been attacked by a vertebrate. Surgery at the end of the season is the best option for Carson’s recovery, Carroll said in November 2021.

The Oklahoma State seventh-round draft pick had 3,502 yards and 24 touchdowns in 49 career games for the Seahawks. He had two seasons for 1,000+ rushing yards and had the fifth most rushing yards in the 2019 season.

With Carson’s future uncertain, Seattle drafted Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker III in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft to bolster his running back depth.

Now Walker and Rashad Penny will battle for the first-team role on an offense without Russell Wilson.

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