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Chris Carson injury: What status means for Week 5 fantasy football

Chris Carson is on the Seattle Seahawks final injury report for Week 5. We break down what it means for fantasy football roster decisions.

Running back Chris Carson #32 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates his second quarter touchdown with wide receiver Freddie Swain #18 in the game against the Tennessee Titans at Lumen Field on September 19, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images

Game status: Carson is officially INACTIVE. Alex Collins will get the start in his place and DeeJay Dallas is likely to see some work as well in Thursday Night Football.

Thursday 4:25 p.m. update: Beat writer Brady Henderson is hearing it is truly a 50/50 decision with Carson due to the neck issue flaring up. The team has to provide their inactives by 6:50 p.m. ET, so we should know not much later than that tonight.

Thursday update: We are still waiting on official word for Chris Carson’s status tonight. He remains a game-time decision. But we have a bit more information on Carson’s neck injury. Head coach Pete Carroll says, “He has had kind of a long-term, I guess it would be kind of a condition, that he’s dealt with,” per The News Tribune’s Greg Bell.

The Seattle Seahawks host the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday Night Football to open Week 5, and they face a rather sizable question heading into game day. Running back Chris Carson is listed as questionable on the final injury report due to a neck injury.

It’s a short week and all three Seahawks practices were walkthroughs. This made the three practice participation reports estimations. However, it’s still notable that after being listed as a DNP for veteran on Monday, Carson was added as a DNP on Tuesday and Wednesday with the neck issue.

Fantasy football impact: Chris Carson (neck)

The past two weeks, Carson has played less than 50% of snaps, with Alex Collins seeing an uptick in work. This past Sunday, Collins was in on 22 offensive snaps to Carson’s 25 and had 10 carries and 2 passing targets to Carson’s 13 and 1. Something would seem to be up.

This is the first game of the week, so you can make your decisions early whether or not to play Carson. The Rams currently rank 22nd in rush defense efficiency, so there’s some value in this matchup. If Carson is active, he’s in the RB2 range right now while Collins offers some flex upside. If Carson is inactive, Collins becomes an intriguing RB2.