Chris Carson has retired after five injury-riddled NFL seasons. He is retiring from the sport due to a lingering neck problem. The Seahawks will technically release Carson, a former 1,000-yard rusher because he failed a physical designation; he can still collect injury protection benefits but cannot play anymore.

Although notable, the news was not unexpected. Carson might force to hang up his cleats due to the neck injury that sidelined him in 2021 for four games. In the past, Carson had been excused from mandatory minicamp while rehabbing due to his medical condition. He underwent vertebrae-fusion surgery in December, which limited his mobility.

Carroll told ESPN that he found the situation very difficult. “When they realize there may be an end to the game they have grown up playing, it is hard. It’s difficult. Our goal is to love him through it and help him as much as possible if that’s the case, no matter what. It’s all he can do to compete until the very last word.

Carson was a workhorse for the Seahawks’ run-heavy offense, rushing for more than 1,100 yards in consecutive seasons from 2018 to 2019 for a combined 17 touchdowns. He was also effective in 2020 despite missing four games due to a foot injury, gaining nearly 1,000 yards and averaging nearly five yards per carrying. However, his injuries prevented him from playing a full season in the NFL.