Chris Carson’s “significant” ankle injury leaves teammates emotional

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Seahawks starting running back Chris Carson suffered what coach Pete Carroll called a “significant” ankle injury late in last night’s win over the Colts, and the pain was clearly felt by his teammates.

The seventh-rounder was caught in a pile late last night and his leg bent at an angle legs don’t bend at. He was immediately placed in an air cast and he was carted off the field.

Via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman expressed his disappointment for the seventh-round pick who had risen to the starting job, and expressed his frustration at the way such injuries are viewed.

“It’s devastating,” Sherman said. “This is really devastating. I think a lot of people, a lot of fans out there have looked at players less like people because of fantasy football and things like that. You go and say ‘oh, man this guy got hurt.’ But you aren’t thinking ‘hey man, this guy got hurt, he’s really physically hurt and he is going to take some time to recover and it’s probably going to affect his mental state and now he has a long rigorous rehab.’

“You are thinking ‘oh man, he’s messing up my fantasy team.’ They don’t care about how it affects your fantasy team because they are really players — this is real life. This is real life and this is their real job. that is affecting their well-being. Now your fantasy team may not win and hey, guess what? You’ll live the next day. This is their well-being. They may not ever get another shot. They may never get another down, another play.

“I think that is why it is so devastating for players.”

Sherman said he was hoping the injury wasn’t as serious as it looked on television (and it didn’t take many looks to realize it was bad), but he was still shaken.

“Just trying to be optimistic in this situation,” he said. “But it is terrible when you see things like that because we know the guys personally and a lot of times the fans know us from the surface and wear 32 and he is running the all and he is doing good for my fantasy team. But they don’t think about the effects that an injury will have to a guy’s mental capacity and his family and what his mom and girlfriend and wife might be going through.”

Players being commodified is nothing new in the NFL, an unfortunate side effect of the league becoming the size of business it is. But hearing the anguish of the players when it’s made manifest should help some realize the actual consequences of what they’re seeing on the screen.

36 responses to “Chris Carson’s “significant” ankle injury leaves teammates emotional

  1. But it’s ok for Richard Sherman to collect endorsement money from FanDuel and now PlayDraft. As soon as Carson gets hurt, this is the first thing that pops into his head? Here’s what I don’t understand, Sherman–for someone who accuses himself of being smart, why not retire already? You’ve made a ton of money yet you’re concerned about head injuries and CTE.

  2. Fantasy football has increased interest in the NFL. People who were either not NFL fans or very casual fans became much more invested in the NFL because of fantasy football. This effect made the NFL more valuable to advertisors and sponsors, which means more money for the NFL, which means more money for players. Sherman makes a valid point but let’s be real…. liking that paycheck, Richard?

  3. Way to talk trash about the fans Richard. Sure thing. the players are the only ones sensitive enough and intelligent enough to feel sorry for Chris Carson the human being. Absolute garbage. I told my son when it happened that man may never play football again and as a 7th round draft choice he hasn’t earned nearly enough money to go through what he is going to have to go through in the coming months.

    And yes I play fantasy football.

    You are a scumbag Richard Sherman. You prove it nearly every week with your words and actions.

    Get well soon Chris Carson.

  4. Just stop…

    98% of fans see an injury like that and feel for the guy. It was gruesome- plain and simple. But these players are so locked in on the mindset that we are all fantasy-driven, racist a-holes and they don’t owe us a thing.

    Well guess what. We don’t owe you a thing either. If the 2% want to complain about their fantasy team, it’s free speech and it’s their right.

    I hope the kid has a speedy recovery, for his sake. Keep yappin’ Sherman, it’s just another reason why you are all killing the golden goose.

  5. Oh Richard. I’ve defended you many times, but stop trying to thought-police your fans. You’re becoming a bitter old star.

    Best wishes to Chris Carson!

  6. Richard Sherman is the biggest hypocrite. Collect your money from FanDuel and PlayDraft and be on your way. If you are really are concerned about player safety stop being such a cheap shot before and after the whistle. Best wishes Chris Carson, you’re a joke Richard Sherman.

  7. This angry at the World garbage is getting old Richard. If you are so unhappy, retire and find something you do like doing. This whining is getting really tiresome. Such an angry dude.

  8. Getting a little tired of the fantasy football bashing by the players. I understand he’s upset, but come on. He’s basically calling the fans inhuman. I guarantee you plenty of people who watched that last night felt terrible for that guy as a person and not just as a fantasy player.

    Fans are not just an inconvenience for you to put up with, Richard. They’re the reason you’re rich. Have some respect.

  9. He didn’t mention that his inflated compensation for this line of work accounts for potential injuries. Left that out didn’t you Ricky!

  10. It was your Microsoft Seahawks fans that threw popcorn at Bowman when his whole career was devastated By a horrific injury.

  11. I love the uniformed on here that tell Sherman to shut up all the time. He gets asked questions by the press and then he answers them. The uninformed act like he just grabs a mic and starts going off on the press. Lynch gets crap cause he won’t answer questions and Sherman get crap because he does. Cannot have it both ways…

  12. When you players decide to protest the country that has given you the lifestyle and opportunities you have for playing a game…it kinda turns them against you. You become expendable “gladiators”…and when an injury like Carson’s happens…it’s “next gladiator up” mentality. This self-destructive behavior is the choice YOU made by alienating yourself from the fans.

  13. chipper41 says:
    October 2, 2017 at 8:02 am
    Way to talk trash about the fans Richard. Sure thing. the players are the only ones sensitive enough and intelligent enough to feel sorry for Chris Carson the human being. Absolute garbage. I told my son when it happened that man may never play football again and as a 7th round draft choice he hasn’t earned nearly enough money to go through what he is going to have to go through in the coming months.

    And yes I play fantasy football.

    You are a scumbag Richard Sherman. You prove it nearly every week with your words and actions.

    Get well soon Chris Carson.
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    Loving the righteous indignation from grown men that wears the name of another man on their back. Jersey wearers and fantasy footballers. You can find an exception to every scenario, and Sherman’s point is still valid that most people are prob thinking about their stupid fantasy team. Basketball doesn’t need fantasy to be popular worldwide..

  14. Sherman can’t retire soon enough, but the reality is some dumb TV executive is going to hire him to spout off on a pregame show. That is a show I’ll be sure to avoid! His self righteousness hypocrisy when he collects money from daily fantasy sites is stunning! I just can’t listen to this jerk anymore.

  15. Increasingly, “real” hardcore football fans are being replaced by those who root for math & laundry.

    I’ve seen more fans than ever that used to watch as many games as they could, but now care only about how their team is doing. Others are on board purely for the fantasy football & gambling. For gamblers, when their own cash is on the line, they’re more concerned about their own cash than what kind of human Chris Carson is. He’s just a conduit to deliver the right kind of math they’re looking for.

    The league was always a meat market. But it wasn’t as in-your-face as before fantasy experienced its tremendous growth.

  16. Packer fan here,
    I saw the game on TV, I saw the play where Carson was injured. It looked bad. I thought he broke his lower leg at first, but in either case it was real bad. I hope the kid has a complete recovery for sure.

    Now let me express another point. I play Daily Fantasy sports. If one of my players gets hurt I’m not angry. Injuries happen in the NFL. Probably more than any other sport. But to express anger because it affects your fantasy team is just plain wrong. Get a life !

  17. Heard a John Clayton interview this morning where he said Carson was sitting at his locker after the game with no boot on last night. Appears that it might not be as bad as first believed. Maybe just a high ankle sprain. As for Sherman’s comments…I’m sick of this guy (as well as Bennett) being on the team I root for. Time to move on during the off-season and use their salary cap space on linemen who can protect Wilson.

  18. What a whiner Sherman is. Maybe he should just quit football and become a janitor or a construction worker. Is there anything he doesn’t resent? One thing: his bank account. The fans are the reason that he has it.

  19. Wow…what a bunch of thin-skinned fans in this thread. Sherman’s point is a humane one. And receiving money from FanDuel does not render him ineligible to make such a point. One can receive money from a fantasy football site and also be critical of those who get carried away with fantasy football. How hard is that to understand?

  20. Wow, a player gets injured and Sherman automatically goes after the fans? As a guy who used to stick up for Sherman left and right, I’m not joking, this guy is mentally ill.

  21. krm62015 says:
    October 2, 2017 at 10:34 am
    I love the uniformed on here that tell Sherman to shut up all the time. He gets asked questions by the press and then he answers them. The uninformed act like he just grabs a mic and starts going off on the press. Lynch gets crap cause he won’t answer questions and Sherman get crap because he does. Cannot have it both ways…
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    So, let’s see if I have this straight. If a player is willing to answer questions, we should be thankful and heap praise upon them even if what they are saying is idiotic or insulting?

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