Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson has announced his retirement from the NFL. According to ESPN, Carson is retiring due to a neck injury. The Seahawks released Carson on Tuesday with a failed physical designation.

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“Ever since the first time I saw Chris on film, I loved his style, and I was thrilled when we were able to get him when we did,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said in a statement. “To see him grow and become such an impacting part of our program with such a great style and all of that, it was a thrill to watch. We’ll miss him and everything he brought to our program.”

“He’s been an incredible pro, a guy who brings an amazing energy about him. His running style is what we’ve always wanted here in Seattle,” said Seahawks general manager John Schneider. “He’s the type of runner that the whole team feeds off of. The type of player defensive players get off the bench to watch him run –they can feel his energy. He’s the type of runner whose style affects the whole team, not just the offense.


“It’s a big disappointment. We took it as long as we possibly could with him, he saw a number of specialists, but unfortunately he wasn’t able to pass our physical.”

During his career, Carson had a stellar 2018 with 1,151 yards and nine touchdowns, making him Seattle’s first 1,000-yard rusher since Marshawn Lynch. He followed that year with another 1,000-yard season, bringing in 1,230 yards and seven touchdowns.