The Seattle Seahawks running back corps took a hit in 2019.
In a matter of weeks, Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny and C.J. Prosise sustained significant injuries which ended their seasons. Rookie Travis Homer became the team’s lead back before the Seahawks returned veterans Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin to assist in the playoffs.
When healthy, Carson and Penny provide the Seahawks with a 1-2 punch at running back. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer indicated confidence in the two players’ chances of rebounding from their injuries.
“I feel really good about both of those guys coming back,” Schottenheimer told Sports Radio 950 KJR. “Obviously, they both had significant injuries. Chris has been through some injuries before. I think it was his rookie year before I got here, he had the leg fracture. I think he’ll be great. It sounds like they’re doing well when we get our updates from those guys. Rashaad (is) a guy that really hasn’t had to deal with that adversity before, but I think that we really saw him mature last year. He was really playing terrific football for us. We saw a difference with just the way he practiced, the way he prepared. Nobody wants to see their players get injured but the injury happened at a time where he was really kind of peaking and feeling great about himself and maturing as a young man and as a football player and I think that’s just going to lead into him having a terrific rehab as well.”
Carson rushed for 1,230 yards on 278 carries and recorded seven touchdowns before suffering a hip fracture in Week 16. He was later placed on Injured Reserve.
His backfield mate, Penny, tore his ACL a couple weeks earlier and underwent surgery to repair the ACL, as well as some additional work. In his last two games, Penny had 129 yards and a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles and 74 yards and a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll recently told reporters at the NFL Combine that he was confident Carson would return to his usual form, while Penny could miss the start of the 2020 season.
“It would be an extraordinary accomplishment if he was ready by the time we got to camp and all that,” Carroll said. “So, we will see what happens. We’re not going to set any deadline on it, just see how he develops.
“But this is the kind of timing that might take in the PUP thing."
With Prosise, Lynch, Turbin all free agents, the Seahawks could look to the NFL Draft to fill positional needs, including running back, before camp. Schottenheimer, however, spoke highly of the group that’s already in place.
“It’s a good group,” Schottenheimer continued. “We’ll see where those guys come back when we actually come back and have a chance to be together with them, but my money is on both those guys to bounce back from those injuries.”
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