Chris Carson was one of many Seahawks players to be added to an ever-growing injury report in Week 3. The team's starting running back left late in the fourth quarter of Seattle's 38-31 win over the Cowboys.
Carson suffered a knee sprain on a 2-yard run during the Seahawks game-winning drive. At the end of the play, Cowboys defensive tackle Trysten Hill gator-rolled Carson's leg around his own body. It was very late, very unnecessary and looks to be a dirty play.
The Seahawks have started to air their grievances with the play on Monday morning. Pete Carroll said he was "really pissed about it" on a radio hit on 710 ESPN Seattle. K.J. Wright then took to Twitter to blast Hill, calling the play "malicious" and "intentional." Wright added that getting fined isn't enough.
@NFL this needs to be addressed ASAP!! Doing dirty dumb malicious shit like this can end someone’s season! This is clearly intentional and getting fined isn’t enough. Im all for guys playing hard but I have zero tolerance for this @NFL pic.twitter.com/cdllxdiAVi
— KJ (@KJ_WRIGHT34) September 28, 2020
Unfortunately for the Seahawks, it doesn't appear that they'll get the justice they seek. Ian Rapoport reported on Monday morning that Hill is likely to be fined, but not suspended for the hit.
#Seahawks RB Chris Carson is believed to have suffered just a knee sprain Sunday, source said, one that should have him back on the field shortly — pending today’s MRI. Meanwhile, #Cowboys DT Trysten Hill will likely be fined, but not suspended, for rolling with Carson’s leg.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 28, 2020
The good news is that as Rapoport noted, Carson is believed to have suffered a minor knee sprain. That's consistent with Bob Condotta's report on Sunday night. Still, Carson may have to miss some time. Carlos Hyde would become the team's starting running back should that be the case. After the run of injuries Seattle suffered at running back last season, expect them to exercise extreme caution with Carson.
Notably, Hill was flagged for a personal foul on Seattle's final two-point try for a helmet-to-helmet hit against Russell Wilson. That led to the Seahawks converting on a pass to Jacob Hollister. Hill was not flagged on the play that resulted in Carson's injury.
Carson ran the ball 16 times for 64 yards against the Cowboys and caught three passes for 12 yards.
Here's a replay once again of how Carson was injured. You be the judge.