On Sunday the Seattle Seahawks blasted the San Francisco 49ers 43-16 at Century Link, but in the process of beating the one-time rival suffered injuries to two offensive starters. Running back Chris Carson and right guard D.J. Fluker both of whom have been key components to the Seattle running game in 2018, left the contest with injuries during the second half.
After the game Pete Carroll provided an update on both. As for Carson, it appears to be nothing too significant.
Chris Carson dislocated his finger. Carroll says he should be OK but “we’ll see.”— Stacy Jo Rost (@StacyRost) December 3, 2018
And when I say “nothing too significant” I mean his finger dislocated so severely that it popped out of the skin and the medical staff had to stitch his finger back together.
Chris Carson says he has a dislocated finger but that he’s fine. Needs to get it stitched but he’s not worried about it.— Curtis Crabtree (@Curtis_Crabtree) December 3, 2018
Chris Carson said he dislocated a finger but got it stitched up and he's fine.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) December 3, 2018
I mean, no big deal, right? His finger just happened to partially come off to the point where they had to sew it shut. During the 2017 campaign both Jeremy Lane and Paul Richardson suffered similar injuries, and neither missed any time related to that specific injury, so I don’t anticipate that Carson would be out for any extended amount of time. Ball security, which has already been a bit of an issue for him so far in 2018 might be an issue, but I don’t anticipate Carson not being on the field in Week 14.
As for Fluker, that could be a different story. As multiple outlets have reported, according to Carroll, Fluker’s hamstring injury was “pretty significant”.
After the game, Pete Carroll described Fluker's hamstring injury as "pretty significant"— Ben Baldwin (@benbbaldwin) December 3, 2018
As a reminder, this is not the first time Fluker has injured a hamstring this season. Fluker hurt a hamstring in the team’s third preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings on August 24, and did not take the field again for nearly a month, returning to practice on September 19 and missing both of the first two games of the season. A similar time table this go round would put Fluker out for the remainder of the regular season, but obviously we will have to wait until later on Monday to see what kind of an update the team provides. Fluker is likely to get an MRI to determine the severity of the injury, so once that is completed we should know more. Just based on his reaction in the immediate aftermath of the injury and his complete inability to walk to the locker room, I’m guessing the prognosis isn’t great, but I would love to be completely wrong about this.
If Fluker is unable to play in the coming weeks, it will certainly be interesting to see whether the team again chooses to replace him with rookie guard Jordan Simmons, or if second year man Ethan Pocic is given the nod.