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Chris Carson will go on I.R. with neck injury

We break down the news that Chris Carson is dealing with a neck injury and will be placed on I.R.

Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson (32) scores a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings in the second quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Friday PM update: Well, that escalated quickly. Seahawks running back Chris Carson was ruled out for Week 6 and then quickly placed on I.R. with a neck injury, per Michael Shawn-Dugar. Alex Collins makes for a must pickup if he is available.

Friday update: Chris Carson has officially been ruled out for Sunday, per Michael-Shawn Dugar. Alex Collins is likely to get the start vs. the Steelers in Week 6.

Thursday 6:55 p.m. update: Carson was not seen at the start of Seahawks practice on Thursday, according to Greg Bell. Pete Carroll said Carson would practice, but we’ll have to wait and see what the final injury report says about him after he was a DNP on Wednesday.

Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson won’t practice on Wednesday, but head coach Pete Carroll says he will practice Thursday, per Michael Shawn-Dugar. Carson was unable to play in Week 5 due to a chronic neck condition that flared up, but it appears he is in line to get back to practice sooner than later.

With Carson out, Alex Collins took over the bulk of the running back work. Collins rushed 15 times for 47 yards and caught two passes for 25 more yards. The workload was good, but the fantasy results weren’t.

Fantasy football implications

If Carson can return this week, he’ll get a tough matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers run defense. Pittsburgh has allowed just the fourth-fewest running back PPR points this season. Carson hasn’t topped 13 carries or 14 total touches in his last three games and wouldn’t be his usual must start on the road in Week 6 with Geno Smith at the helm.