Chris Carson Suffers Significant Ankle Injury

Late in the Seahawks’ runaway win on Sunday night, the team lost its newly promoted starting running back. Chris Carson was carted off the field, and NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports (on Twitter) the rookie suffered a broken ankle.

Pete Carroll called it a “significant” injury (via Rapoport, on Twitter), and the seventh-round pick seems destined for IR if this diagnosis is confirmed. Carson will undergo an MRI today.

Carroll elaborated soon after, saying Carson has a fracture just below his leg and likely a high ankle sprain, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times tweets. The eighth-year Seahawks HC simply said (via Condotta, on Twitter), “He’s going to be out.”

Carson seized the starting job two games into his rookie season, supplanting Thomas Rawls and Eddie Lacy, and was averaging 4.2 yards per carry. The Oklahoma State product’s absence will force Rawls — a healthy scratch Sunday night — and Lacy to pick up the slack. However, the Seahawks have some options here for what will likely become a committee-type arrangement.

C.J. Prosise missed Sunday’s game, but former waiver claim J.D.¬†McKissic — a second-year player out of Arkansas State — scored twice. Both figure to play a part of the post-Carson equation in Seattle, should the promising runner indeed see his season cut short.

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