27-year-old Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson is retiring from the NFL, according to a report from NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
Carson’s 2021 season ended early after he suffered a neck injury.
“SEA will officially release him with a failed physical designation,” Rapoport wrote on Twitter. “Under the CBA, that allows Carson to receive several million in injury protection benefits. Seattle does right by him.”
Carson previously said that he had hope he’d be able to return. “Oh, we still going right now,” the running back said in June. “I see myself playing until I feel like stopping. My mindset is never to give up. So, I’m staying positive like I said, and continue to fight and get back onto the field.”
Carson was drafted by the Seahawks in 2017 out of Oklahoma State. He was selected in the seventh round and played with Seattle for five seasons.