Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said that quarterback Rusell Wilson will play against the Green Bay Packers but running back Chris Carson won't. Carson badly wanted to play against the Packers but the Seahawks didn't want to risk anything with their star running back.
"Just don't think that it's time to do it yet," Carroll told reporters, per ESPN. "It just hasn't had enough time to really evaluate it. He had two good, hard days and just didn't quite clear it enough ...
He's dying to play and all that, but we just need to make sure that we're doing the right thing. So we're going to take care of him this week and we'll see what happens next week." Carson looked good in the last few days of practice but still it wasn't enough for the Seahawks to give him the green light to play on Sunday.
"He looked really good running the ball in practice," Carroll said. "We banged him around some so that he could get a gauge on it, but it just doesn't seem like it's time yet where we're sure where he is on it.
He's got the heart of a lion and he wants to go out there and do it, but we've got to make sure that we're taking care of him so we want to use more time."
Alex Collins to replace Carson
Backup running back Collins is expected to serve as the Seahawks' lead running back in the Carson absence.
"He has a terrific week," Carroll said of Collins. "He really did. You could see him just feel a little bit better as the week went on, but he really didn't hold anything back and he finished great the last couple of days and he's ready to go."
Quarterback Wilson was out for a month after undergoing a finger surgery. "I expect him to [play] just like he always plays," Carroll said. "I don't expect anything different. Not a thing different. He is pretty hungry to play football now.
He missed it. So we've got to make sure that he stays clear and all that about this opportunity. If anything, I'm just worried that he's too excited, too amped up. But he'll be fine. Really, I'm just so impressed with how this thing has worked out and that he's gotten us to this point, and really fired up to see him play football."