At only 27, Chris Carson will retire from the NFL Sep 26, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson (32) carries the ball for a touchdown during the second quarter against Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The 2021-22 NFL season was a difficult one for Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson, who saw his season cut short after a neck injury in practice ahead of their Week 5 matchup against the Los Angeles Rams.

It appears to be a very serious injury. Carson missed the entirety of the season after said injury, and head coach Pete Carroll described it as a “long-term” neck injury.

Obviously, a neck injury is nothing to mess around with not only for football’s sake, but for the longevity of life after football moving forward for Carson.

Carson has yet to be medically cleared by doctors from this injury. Carroll detailed on Thursday that while Carson’s football career is currently uncertain, the team is holding out hope for a potential return.

Carson discussed the matter in an interview with Jonathan Adams at, detailing that there is currently no timetable for his return.

“Oh, we still going right now. I see myself playing until I feel like stopping. My mindset is never to give up. So, I’m staying positive like I said, and continue to fight and get back onto the field.”

“Not trying to rush it, I’m just trying to take it one day at a time. Just keep rehabbing, keep getting better. Keep building strength and then go from there. But like I said, there’s no timeline for me.

From an outside perspective, it certainly appears as if the Seahawks are planning to be without Carson moving forward.

The team re-signed running back Rashaad Penny to a $5.75 million contract this offseason, as well as drafting standout running back Kenneth Walker III in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft this year.

Still, at his best Carson has shown that he can be an extremely productive running back in the league, rushing for over 1,000 yards in both 2018 and 2019.

If he is able to go at some point next season, Seattle may have one of the most talented running back rooms in all of football.


About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.