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Seahawks could get Baldwin back this week

Seattle Seahawks receiver Baldwin is tackled by San Francisco 49ers' Culliver and Goldson during the first half of their NFL football game in San Francisco, California Reuters

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Monday the possibility of getting receiver Doug Baldwin back this week would be a “long shot.”

Those odds have seemingly improved significantly as Baldwin returned to full participation in practice on Thursday just two weeks after suffering a high ankle sprain against the San Francisco 49ers.

“He looks better than we expected coming into the week,” Carroll said Wednesday. “I don’t know if that’s going to happen, but we’ll see. That’s good news, at least he’s competitive.”

49ers safety Dashon Goldson landed on Baldwin’s ankle while Baldwin was engaged with a defender on a punt return during the Seahawks 13-6 loss to the 49ers on Thursday night two weeks ago. Baldwin was unable to practice all last week but returned to limited duty on Wednesday. Baldwin getting a full work load Thursday is a positive sign for the Seahawks and a receiver group dealing with a myriad of injuries.

Ben Obomanu was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday with a sprained wrist and the team promoted undrafted rookie Jermaine Kearse from the practice squad to take his place. Braylon Edwards was a late scratch from last Sunday’s game in Detroit after his knee swelled up before the game. Edwards has yet to practice this week.

If Baldwin can play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, it takes pressure off the newly promoted Kearse from having to contribute right way. If Baldwin and Edwards can’t go, Seattle would likely go into Sunday with just four healthy active receivers. The Seahawks do have receivers Phil Bates and Lavasier Tuinei on the practice squad they could turn to if necessary.

For the season, Baldwin has 11 catches for 149 yards and a touchdown in six games.

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9 Responses to “Seahawks could get Baldwin back this week”
  1. fuseekthepackers28 says: Nov 2, 2012 1:51 AM

    Who????? Vikings big…….

  2. wherezwaldo says: Nov 2, 2012 6:51 AM

    Im sure they still have TO’s #

  3. chawks1 says: Nov 2, 2012 6:57 AM

    Would be HUGE to get DB back so quickly! He was their leading receiver last year and the best slot receiver they have. That offense looks a heck of a lot better with him in there….Hawks take this game, they don’t lose at home.

  4. beastmode5150 says: Nov 2, 2012 7:57 AM

    You don’t follow football if you don’t know who Doug Baldwin is. He was one of the best rookie receivers in the league last year. Also, Vikings big? Umm, you realize you are playing in Seattle right? Good luck with that. You not only won’t win big, you won’t win period.

  5. fumblenuts says: Nov 2, 2012 8:53 AM

    Baldwin is a good WR, he needs to hang on to the ball and stay FOCUSED.

  6. icecubeusedtobeangry says: Nov 2, 2012 10:14 AM

    Should be a good game.

  7. dcviking says: Nov 2, 2012 12:52 PM

    If the Vikings play like they did against Tampa, Seattle could play Alec Baldwin (or any of his brothers) at wide reciever and they’d still win handily.

  8. burto4 says: Nov 2, 2012 2:04 PM

    Low scoring dog fight is what we are in for. I think whichever team hits a big play via the run will win this one. GO VIKES!!

  9. themackstrong says: Nov 2, 2012 11:09 PM

    No disrespect meant to the much improved Vikes. But Seahawks at home are a different beast than on the road. Looking for a couple of sacks each from Clem and Bruce put that rookie LT (who is a stud) to the test at Century Link. Go Hawks!

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