Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson returned to training on Wednesday after coming out of the injured reserve, but with no guarantee he will play against Green Bay.
Meanwhile, quarterback Russell Wilson stayed on track to come back against the Packers after missing three games with finger surgery.
Coach Pete Carroll has said he’s still hopeful Carson can play, but his progress in his comeback from a neck issue that has sidelined him since Week 4 will be assessed daily by Sunday.
“He has to get through the work week and as we always talk about it, it’s one day at a time,” Carroll said. “He’s going to get hit a bit tomorrow.” But see how he reacts to it. It’s pretty important to have a good pace on this one. He will feel good physically, run everywhere and all because he is in great shape and he works very hard.
Seattle remained vague on Carson’s condition, saying it was an issue the team was aware of and had occasionally flared up, but providing few details. This is the longest period Carson has been sidelined by illness, as Seattle opted to place him on the injured reserve and gave him ample time to recover.
Carson started the first four games of the season and landed three touchdowns even though the Seattle running game as a whole was a disappointment. Carson rushed for a season-high 91 yards in Week 1 against Indianapolis, but had just 30 yards on 13 carries in Week 4 against San Francisco, the last game he played.
Alex Collins has been the primary option as a running back since Carson came out and posted Seattle’s first 100-yard rushing game since the 2019 season in Week 6 in Pittsburgh. Collins has also faced a few injuries and Rashaad Penny has been mostly ineffective in his limited action since returning from the injured reserve.
Coming off leave, Seattle ranks 21st in the league with an average of 102.9 yards per game rushing.
Seattle is also hoping that rookie second-round pick Dee Eskridge will be considered to play this week after being out since Week 1 with a concussion. Eskridge was also nominated for the return to casualty reserve training earlier this week.
Seattle had high hopes for how Eskridge’s speed could be used in his offense, but he was limited to one catch and two rushes in Game 1 against Indianapolis.
“We expect him to feel good,” Carroll said. “We laundered our guys. We expect them to do well and all that, but we still have to wait. “