Seahawks to put Wilson on injured reserve; Carson out again

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson waves to fans as he leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Seattle. Wilson suffered a hand injury and the Rams won 26-17 (Elaine Thompson/AP).

RENTON, Wash. (AP) -- The Seattle Seahawks will place quarterback Russell Wilson on injured reserve and are considering a similar move with running back Chris Carson after ruling him out of Sunday's game at Pittsburgh due to a lingering neck issue.

Pete Carroll said Friday that Wilson will go on IR as he recovers from surgery on his right middle finger. That will keep Wilson sidelined until at least Nov. 14, when Seattle returns from its bye week with a game at Green Bay. Wilson has started every game of his career _ 165 games regular season and playoffs combined _ until now.

The Week 10 matchup with the Packers will be five weeks following Wilson's surgery. Geno Smith will start this week for the Seahawks.

"I'm hoping that he'll feel really comfortable in the game, because he looks great in practice and everything's gone well," Carroll said of Smith.

While the move with Wilson was expected once he underwent surgery, there is growing concern about the availability of Carson. The Seahawks were hoping Carson would return Sunday after missing last week with a neck issue but he wasn't able to practice late this week.

Carroll said injured reserve is a consideration for Carson.

"It is a delicate thing. He's got something going on in his neck, so we've got to make sure that we do it really well," Carroll said. "And so we're going to take care of him and this just seems like the right decision."

Carson is Seattle's leading rusher with 232 yards and three touchdowns in his four games played. Alex Collins will start for the second straight week and Seattle expects Rashaad Penny to return from injured reserve in the next couple of weeks.

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