Pete Carroll: “Chris Carson Could Return This Season”

Pete Carroll gave a few updates consider the Injured Reserve list during a press conference this past Monday following the Seahawks victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Carroll mentioned that there is a slight possibility that rookie RB Chris Carson may return this season. Carson has remained the team’s leading rusher amongst tailbacks with 208 yards. Carson was placed on the Injured Reserve list right after the Seahawks played the Indianapolis Colts on October 1st. Carson had ankle surgery but has been told he would be eligible to return to the field if he can get healthy.

“Chris could come back to action, in essence, starting to workout on the field and all of that in a week from now,” Carroll said. “He has made tremendous progress, we don’t want to rush him on anything or expectations-wise for you guys either, but he has had a great recovery, so we’ll see what happens. He’s running and changing direction and starting to do some more aggressive stuff this week, he has been running on the field and all of that, and he’ll be doing stuff. Each stage of it depends on how he responds to it, so it’s always after the work. This week will be really important, and we’ll have a lot of information going forward, and there’s a chance, so we’ll hold out hope for him. I know he’s dying to play and he’s done everything he could possibly do and he just handled the rehab up to this point well beyond expectations. We’ll see what that means.”

NFL teams are allowed to bring in two players a year off of the Injured Reserve as long as the players have sat out for eight weeks. Seattle hasn’t used either of their early return designations this season and they appear to be saving one for Carson in the case that he can make it back.