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Seahawks running back Chris Carson needs season-ending neck surgery

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The Seattle Seahawks just received bad news about running back Chris Carson, who has been sidelined for a big chunk of the season with a neck injury. His season is now expected to be over, as he requires surgery to repair his neck, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The loss of Carson is an unfortunate blow for the Seahawks, who are last in the NFC West with little hope of making up that lost ground. The 27-year-old has been Seattle’s leading rusher for the past three seasons, two of which saw him surpass 1,000 yards. Carson had practiced last week but did not make enough progress to be cleared to play. Head coach Pete Carroll said that Carson’s progress had not been what the team had hoped for.

Alex Collins, the next man up in the Seawhawks’ running back group, will now be the team’s featured running back. In eight games this season, he has rushed for 345 yards and two touchdowns and recorded 73 receiving yards.

The Seahawks’ overall running game is already not very strong, and the loss of Carson will only make it worse. They have rushed for the 10th lowest total yards this season. Quarterback Russell Wilson, when healthy, has been good but relying on such a one-dimensional offense does not bode well for them catching up to the top teams in their division. And Wilson still needs time to get back into the swing of things after missing weeks of action himself.

Seattle’s next game is this Sunday at home against the Arizona Cardinals.