The Seahawks lost a thriller to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday night, falling 37-34 in overtime, and they also finished the game minus two key starters who left early due to injury.
Running back Chris Carson, who was averaging 6.8 yards per carry early on, left with a foot injury in the first half and was unable to return. Early in the second half, cornerback Shaquill Griffin left with what ended up being diagnosed as a concussion, meaning he too was unable to return.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Carson has a foot sprain, but will need an MRI before they can determine the severity of the injury.
“Chris has got a mid-foot sprain,” Carroll said. “We don’t know until we get an MRI what that means or what the extent of it is.”
Griffin, who was replaced by Tre Flowers after the injury, will have to go through the concussion protocol before he can return, which means his status for next week’s game against San Francisco won’t be known until late in the week.
“He had a concussion enough to keep him out of the game,” Carroll said. “He was pretty clear afterward, so we’ll just have to go through the protocol and see how he does.”
Additionally, the Seahawks finished the game without running back Travis Homer, who Carroll said had a knee contusion, the severity of which is not yet known.
One bright spot to come out of the injuries was a strong performance by Carlos Hyde, who took over lead running back duties after Carson’s departure. Hyde, who had missed the previous two games due to injury, rushed for 68 yards on 15 carries, including a 24-yard touchdown run.
“He hit it really well,” Carroll said. “We ran the ball well tonight. Everybody was effective running the football, Russ included. I thought Carlos really stepped into the role and did a nice job. He had the big touchdown run, another toss on our bench side, really nice hardball running. He’s a good football player, I’m glad we have him.”