If you own a Carson in your fantasy football lineup, you’re probably hoping that he’s going to be back soon. This report, published on Tuesday by ESPN, suggests that he’ll undergo season-ending neck surgery. But that’s not all. Seattle’s backup running back Alex Collins is likely to be the lead back instead. And given Rashaad Penny’s history, it’s unlikely that the rookie running back can make an impact on fantasy football.
Despite a “season-ending” injury, Chris Carson is confident he will be able to play in 2022. According to Carroll, Carson’s neck injury is just a “spot” problem affecting one of his vertebrae. The surgery will allow Carson to begin the rehab process. Carroll has also said that he expects to play in 2022. This is a huge relief for fans who have been following Carson’s progress.
After a long, hard season in which he was the top rusher, Carson has been forced to sit out the last four games of his career because of a neck injury. Despite the surgery, the Seattle Seahawks have a chance to win the division by drafting Carson as their first round pick in the draft. The team has struggled without Carson this season, finishing with just four wins.
Carson has played in the first four games this season. He didn’t practice prior to Week 5’s game against the Los Angeles Rams and was therefore ineligible for the game. He was placed on injured reserve after the Week 5 matchup with the Rams. He was listed as “pending surgery” on the injured reserve list on Nov. 10. However, Carson was unable to shake the injury and was forced to undergo surgery.
Although Carson’s prognosis remains positive, he is not expected to practice this offseason. The injury was first reported by NFL.com last fall and has been affecting his neck ever since. Carson signed a two-year contract in March, and carries a non-guaranteed salary of $4.5 million next season. The team could choose to release him in May and save $3.25 million on the cap.
With Carson out, the Seahawks need to find a new running back. Rashaad Penny and DeeJay Dallas have taken over Carson’s role. However, neither player has played in a full game since Carson’s injury. Moreover, if Carson is not able to play in the Green Bay game, the Seahawks could face a serious injury situation if they don’t get him back soon.
Despite the devastating news, Carson’s status will be made clear by the team. The back has been ineffective in recent games, with Carson’s workload being too high for him to play. Despite that, he’s still ranked among the top rushing backs in the league. However, this year, he only played four games. His rushing total was 252 yards on 54 carries with three touchdowns. The Seahawks have relied heavily on backup Alex Collins and Adrian Peterson over the last two weeks. In Sunday’s rematch with the Rams, Rashaad Penny is expected to start, where he rushed for a career-high 137 yards and a touchdown.
Alex Collins will be Seattle’s lead back
After suffering a season-opening injury, Seattle turned to backup Chris Collins for a boost in the backfield. He averaged 6.1 yards per carry on 13 attempts and scored the game-winning touchdown against the 49ers. While Carson is not expected to be back for Thursday Night Football, Collins will likely be given an extended look in the backfield. The running back has surpassed Carson’s rushing yardage total of 381 this season, which is his most since his time with the Ravens.
While Carson has been out with an injury since Week 6 because of a neck sprain, Collins has filled in for him on a limited basis. In his absence, the Seahawks have used Rashaad Penny, Travis Homer, and DeeJay Dallas at tailback. However, Penny, Travis Homer, and DeeJay Dallas were all available before Carson’s injury. While Collins’ workload has been limited by Carson’s injury, his upside is high.
The injury to Chris Carson has kept the team on a tight leash this week. He’s not expected to play in week 5 against the Miami Dolphins. He’s been out for five weeks, but has returned to practice this week. Carson has a 21-day window to return from injured reserve, which could affect Alex Collins’ fantasy football ceiling. While it’s still too early to determine if Carson will be ready for Thursday’s game, the injury does make Alex Collins the lead back for the Seattle Seahawks.
In addition to Chris Carson’s injury, the Seahawks have signed Josh Johnson from their practice squad. If Collins doesn’t play in Monday Night Football, he could split time with Deejay Dallas or Travis Homer. Deejay Dallas and Travis Homer will step in as backups for Collins. Regardless, Collins had a good day against the Steelers last week and should be ready for Monday Night Football.
The Seahawks will have to replace Chris Carson after his season-ending neck injury. Carson is expected to be back late in the spring. While Carson will be sidelined this week, the team still has plenty of depth at the running back position. If Carson’s injury is more serious, he will most likely have to undergo disc fusion surgery. Despite his injury, Carroll is confident that Carson will be back in time for the season-ending game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
While the Seahawks will be able to replace Carson with Collins, the impact on their offense will be felt in the game’s outcome. After Carson’s return, Seattle’s running back depth is expected to be significantly higher, and the team’s defense is expected to be able to cover for Carson’s absence. In addition to Alex Collins being the lead back, Rashaad Penny is expected to start getting a bigger role.
Rashaad Penny’s injury history makes it likely Walker will make an impact in fantasy football
While Penny has had injury woes, his history of missing games and limited playing time makes it unlikely that he will make a significant impact on your team. In addition, Penny’s injury history means that Walker will likely have to compete with Penny for early-down carries and pass-catching opportunities. But with his upside, Walker is still a solid midrange RB3.
Penny’s injury history is concerning. In three years, Penny has missed at least eight games and has only accrued 823 fantasy yards. His injury history is so extensive that it is unlikely that Penny will make an impact in fantasy football this year. That said, Penny is expected to make a significant impact in fantasy football if he remains healthy.
Injuries are a concern for Seattle, who picked Penny in the first round of the NFL draft. His injury history makes it unlikely that he’ll be available for much longer than the first five games of his rookie season. Meanwhile, Carson has been declared out for the season with a neck injury. That puts Walker in position to compete for the starting job.
The Steelers’ offensive line has a terrible track record. The Steelers’ offensive line ranked 24th in Pro Football Focus’s run blocking grade and 30th in ESPN’s run block win rate. And Penny has missed 43% of his games. But Walker’s injury history means that it’s more likely than not that Penny will make an impact in fantasy football.
While his role in the Seattle passing game is limited, Walker has shown that he’s a solid running back with excellent contact balance. His strong running ability and receiving skills make him an attractive flex option in dynasty and deep-league fantasy football. It’s difficult to find a running back with a high ceiling in fantasy football, but his high ceiling could make him a valuable fantasy asset.
Despite the injury history of Rashaad Penny, the Seahawks’ offensive line is much improved, and their passing game is better than expected. Zach Wilson is capable of playing off the improved offensive line, but Rashaad Penny and Chris Carson’s injury history make it unlikely that they’ll be healthy enough to make an impact this year. But even if they don’t get healthy, they’ll still rely heavily on their run blocking to support Drew Lock.
While RB Rashaad Penny has a better chance of making an impact in fantasy football, Walker is the better pure rusher of this year’s dynasty class. His college production last season led the nation in yards after contact and missed tackles. But it’s not clear whether Walker will be able to keep up with Penny in the NFL, as his injury history suggests that Penny’s status in Seattle is still in doubt.