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Seahawks rookie Chris Carson nearing a return, Carroll says

Seahawks running back Chris Carson (32) warms up before a game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sept. 17, 2017 (Photo: Sy Bean, KOMO News)

Seahawks running back Chris Carson is nearing a return from a leg fracture suffered in week four and could possibly play the "last couple games," coach Pete Carroll said on 710 ESPN radio Monday morning.

Carson hasn't played since his left ankle got caught under a defender on a run during a fourth quarter run against the Colts. An MRI after the injury revealed the seventh-round pick out of Oklahoma State had a broken leg below the knee, as well as a high-ankle sprain.

Prior to the injury, Carson led Seattle with 208 yards on 49 carries with one receiving touchdown. Those 208 yards are still the most of any Seattle running back on the roster.

"He's unbelievably ahead of schedule," Carroll said Monday. "I watched him run last week and he was flying. In his first real day of changing direction, when they cut him loose, you couldn't tell he wasn't fine.

"I don't know what happened after that day because that was, like, Friday or something and I don't know what were the repercussions of that workout. He just has to show that he's back to full speed and do it, and (then) we get him on the practice field and we go."

Carroll is unsure whether Carson can practice this week and needs to consult the medical staff to get a clearer timetable.

"It's probably (going to be) a couple weeks, I would think, of practice time one week, then show he can come back the next week before he can play," Carroll said. "If we can cut him loose this week or next we'll have him for the last couple games."

If Carroll is referring specifically to regular season games then that would mean Carson could rejoin the team for Seattle's road game against the Dallas Cowboys on Dec. 24.

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