Chris Carson, a Seattle Seahawks’ running back, retired from the NFL after five seasons due to a serious neck injury on Tuesday.
Carson suffered a neck injury early last season and had to undergo fusion surgery on his neck. Seattle released him after he failed his physical, allowing him to collect millions in injury protection benefits, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport.
While the outcome may not be surprising, Carson has not officially decided to hang it up, just in case his neck makes a dramatic improvement.
#Seahawks star RB Chris Carson is retiring from the NFL due to a neck injury, sources say.
SEA will officially release him with a failed physical designation. Under the CBA, that allows Carson to receive several million in injury protection benefits. Seattle does right by him.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 26, 2022
Twitter Reacts to Chris Carson Retirement
One of the biggest impact players left on the Seattle Seahawks, Chris Carson will retire from the NFL after suffering a career ending neck injury last season.
The Seahawks released the running back after failing his physical, which will allow him to recoup some funds in his contract and continue his recovery.
Many fans and teammates took to Twitter to share the news, well wishes and of course, their favorite Chris Carson highlight reels.
Check out some of Twitter’s top reactions to the Seahawks running back’s retirement.
Chris Carson is a Seahawks legend. So good, unfortunately, injuries ended his career. Officially retired today, but we thank you for your time in Seattle! pic.twitter.com/Fpm6crHsz3
— Sami Jarjour (@SamiOnTap) July 26, 2022
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) July 27, 2022
Chris Carson was a beast and I hope he has a happy and healthy retirement. I will never forget when he flipped over this guy. pic.twitter.com/JNzFE1vNOz
— Theo Ash (@TheoAshNFL) July 26, 2022
Since we are all sharing some Chris Carson highlights – this was one of my favorites! One of those moments you jump off the couch and are screaming, “OHHHHHHH Damnnnn! What did he just do?! Let’s see that again!” #Seahawks #GoHawks
— Mikaela Mattes 🎙 (@mikaelamattes) July 26, 2022
Thank you Chris Carson! pic.twitter.com/fZ7ScmsQUI
— Matty F. Brown (@mattyfbrown) July 26, 2022
Chris Carson Early Retirement
Chris Carson will likely be forced to retire from football after five NFL seasons due to a neck injury that he sustained last season.
He suffered a neck injury in Week 4 against the San Francisco 49ers on October 3, 2021 and was placed on injury reserve for the rest of the season.
The news was first reported by NFL Network expert Ian Rapoport.
It wasn’t until later on Tuesday that the Seahawks released Carson with a failed physical designation, which allows the running back to receive injury protection benefits.
A fan-favorite for his overall work ethic and running style, Carson was a seventh-round draft pick out of Oklahoma State before earning the starting job in the Seahawks’ backfield.
Chris Carson Achievements
At the young age of 27, Carson had only been in the league for five years before suffering a career-ending injury.
He finishes his NFL career with 3,502 yards on 796 carries and 24 TDs. The former Seahawks running back also had two back-to-back 1,100-yard rushing campaigns in 2018 and 2019.
Carson was Seattle’s starter in all five seasons. He beat out more highly-touted running backs like Eddie Lacy as a rookie and the Seahawks first-round pick the following year, Rashaad Penny.
He was the first Seahawks back to post consecutive seasons of at least 1,000 rushing yards since Marshawn Lynch in 2013-2014.
Chris Carson Career Earnings
Chris Carson will walk away from the game of football with $9.4M in career earnings, not bad for a seventh-round pick.
However, he did miss out on a payday as a result of his injury.
Carson was slated to earn $4.6M in 2022 but will see some of that cash per an injury settlement after the Seahawks terminated his contract due to a failed physical.