Concussed TE Carlson, DB Trufant 'fine,' heading to Seattle

Seahawks tight end John Carlson and defensive back Marcus Trufant, who both suffered concussions in Sunday's 35-24 NFC Divisional Playoff loss to the Bears, have been released from a Chicago hospital and are "fine" and returning to Seattle this morning, coach Pete Carrollannounced Monday.

Both players were carted off the field with head injuries during the loss. Carlson was injured in the first quarter and Trufant in the third.

Carlson caught two touchdown passes in the Seahawks' wild-card playoff victory oven the New Orleans Saints. But after he grabbed a short pass from Hasselbeck and went 14 yards early in Sunday's game, Carlson was upended on the sideline by the Bears' Danieal Manning and came down on his head.

The game was delayed for about five minutes as Carlson was attended to on the sideline, and he was able to move his legs before he was carted off, not to return.

Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said Carlson was a big part of the game plan. The team's other tight end, Cameron Morrah, was limited by turf toe, meaning Seattle had to go with more multiple-receiver sets.

Trufant made a tackle on Bears tight end Kellen Davis with about seven minutes to go in the third quarter and couldn't get up. The game was delayed again before Trufant was taken off the field.

"You get two guys carted off, and you realize what's important," Seahawks safety Lawyer Milloy said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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