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Chris Carson Glad to Get Back on the Field after Near Year Absence

Chris Carson hasn’t missed a step after his long absence from the gridiron.



On Thursday night, the Seattle Seahawks came up short against the Indianapolis Colts 19-17, but it was all smiles on the Seattle sideline.

Preseason results are meaningless for all intents and purposes, especially this early. The majority of both teams’ starters were off of the field by the first quarter’s end while second- and third-string players took over and were eventually spelled for those simply fighting for a spot on the 53-man roster.

Chris Carson knows the feeling.

It was one year ago that the seventh-round pick’s tough running during the preseason earned him RB1 reps to start his rookie year. He held on to the job for four weeks before a gruesome injury effectively ended his season and cast doubt upon his future as the Seahawks’ feature back.

But a year later and 10 pounds heavier, Carson looks nothing short of confident on the field and in his Seattle’s retooling offense.

On CenturyLink Field, Carson toted the rock four times for 26 yards and displayed the same mix of toughness, agility and ability to pick up yards after contact that had Seahawks fans and Pete Carroll fawning last year.

It was exactly 312 days prior, on the same field and against the same team that Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson recalled hearing “something” as Carson went into the pile. That something was the sound of a non-displaced fracture of Carson’s left leg just below his knee.

Wilson, who has witnessed the injury and Carson’s comeback firsthand, had some words of encouragement for the sophomore tailback.

“I was able to talk to Chris before the game,” Wilson said on Thursday night, “we were doing some handoffs and I looked at him and told him remember all the things you went through this whole past year just to get ready for this moment and be great. That’s what he is, that’s who he is. He’s been phenomenal all offseason. He’s got a great mindset.”

As for Carson, he was just glad to get back on the field, and to get over that initial hump.

“It was good,” said Carson. “I was kind of nervous at first, just cause (it was) me coming back against the team that ended my season last year. It was kind of nerve-wracking but at the same time, I was ready. I was happy. It was great. I was glad to be back out there.”

Carson appears to be established as Seattle’s RB1 and his workload should slowly increase as its preseason slate hums along. The Seahawks head to Los Angeles to face the Chargers in Game 2 on Saturday, August 18.


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