The Seahawks have already activated quarterback Russell Wilson for week 10. Wilson has missed the last three games as has running back Chris Carson. Carson might return this week as well. Seattle’s top running back has been out due to a neck injury.
Part of the issue with Carson’s injury is that it hasn’t been clear whether he was going to be healthy enough to return this season at all. In fact, coach Pete Carroll may have implied around week 6 that Carson’s neck problem should be expected to be long-term and not something that a few weeks will take to heal.
But there is hope that Carson could return for week 10 in a very important matchup against the Packers. Carson is expected to be back at practice on Wednesday. This does not mean that Carson will play on Sunday but it is certainly better news that Carson might still pay again this year.
Seattle’s run game hasn’t been dormant with Carson out as Alex Collins has done pretty well. But no running back on the roster comes close to Carson’s ability to generate yards after first contact. Carson can make 1 yard 3 and those 2 yards could be the difference in a drive continuing and keeping the Seahawks offense on the field and therefore turning into points.
Against a good Green Bay defense on Sunday, every point is going to matter. The Packers will likely get Aaron Rodgers back as well after he had to miss a week after testing positive for COVID-19. At this point, however, I still trust the Packers defense more than the Seahawks.
This means having a healthy Chris Carson is very important as he can sustain drives and catch the ball out of the backfield. Defenses have to account for Carson in ways that they don’t for Alex Collins. But again, while just getting Carson back on the field for practice on Wednesday does not mean he will play against the Packers but it may be a good sign he is nearing return sooner rather than later.