Despite optimistic reports from the Seahawks ever since initially suffering a foot injury in Week 7, Chris Carson hasn’t played and barely practiced in the three weeks since. Ahead of Week 11’s divisional showdown with the Cardinals on Thursday Night Football, Carson is officially listed as “questionable” and will likely be a game-time decision. Fantasy football owners vying for playoff spots want to start their weeks off right, so getting the latest updates on Carson’s status will be key for deciding whether to start him or handcuff Carlos Hyde.
That’s why we’ll be here providing the latest news below about Carson right up until the active/inactive report is released at around 6:45 p.m. ET on Thursday. For injury updates on Tyler Lockett, click here. For all the latest fantasy news, follow us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy.
Is Chris Carson playing Thursday night?
UPDATE 2: Carson is officially OUT.
UPDATE: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Wednesday afternoon that Carson is unlikely to play this week.
Carson (foot) was able to practice on a limited basis on Tuesday and Wednesday, and despite his “questionable” tag, it’s believed he could play on Thursday night against Arizona. Ultimately, this is looking like a game-time decision, and even the Seahawks might not know until Carson tests his foot in pregame warmups. If he’s active, it would be Carson’s first game action since Week 7 when he was injured around halftime against the Cardinals.
Given Carson’s injury, the return of Carlos Hyde (hamstring), and emergence of both DeeJay Dallas and Alex Collins in the past three weeks, it’s fair to expect a lighter workload than usual for Carson. In his five full games this year, he averaged 12.2 carries, 4.2 receptions, and 85.8 total yards while scoring six touchdowns. Basically, Carson was as bankable of a low-end RB1/high-end RB2 as you could find. The injury and below-average matchup make Carson a somewhat-risky flex this week if he’s active, but if the Seahawks are just playing possum about his injury, the upside is there for much more.
If Carson is out, Hyde would presumably handle most of the RB touches, but Collins and possibly even Dallas would also be involved. Hyde also hasn’t played since Week 7 when he ran 68 yards and a score on 15 carries against the Cardinals. Like Carson, it’s tough to predict his workload, but he would likely do enough to merit a flex spot.