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WR Doug Baldwin a limited participant in practice

The Seattle Seahawks received some good news today.

Second-year receiver Doug Baldwin practiced on a limited basis this afternoon.

Baldwin missed last week’s game with a high-ankle sprain, and Seattle head coach Pete Carroll initially said that Baldwin would be a long shot to make it back this week. However, the fact that Baldwin practiced today could be a good sign that the Stanford product will be available for the Minnesota game on Sunday.

Seattle currently only has four healthy receivers on the active roster.

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WR Kearse ready to contribute

Seahawks receiver Jermaine Kearse said it’s a dream come true to finally get his chance to play this week, and that he understands the unique opportunity he has to play for the NFL team where he grew up.

The Lakes High of Tacoma and University of Washington product was activated from the practice squad to Seattle’s active roster this week, and is expected to contribute on specials teams and on offense.

“It’s like I can’t get out of Washington,” joked Kearse. “But I’m happy to be here. I’m very fortunate and blessed to be here. Not too many people get to live their whole life in a state, and then to play for the professional team in their state. So I’m very fortunate to be able to do that.”

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Morning links: Wilson best QB in the NFC West?

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson throws the ball during the second half of an NFL preseason football game in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

Khaled Elsayed of Pro Football Focus says he’d take Seattle’s Russell Wilson over San Francisco’s Alex Smith, putting the rookie quarterback on his midseason, All-NFC West team.

Even after Smith’s impressive performance against Arizona on Monday, night, Elsayed appears to like Wilson’s upside, and believes San Francisco’s offense is limited by Smith’s ability.

Marshawn Lynch, Sidney Rice, Chris Clemons, Brandon Mebane, Richard Sherman, Leon Washington and Byron Maxwell also make the list.

Elsayed: “Alex Smith looked set to have this position sewn up before his two horrible performances against the Giants and Seahawks made you realize the 49ers’ offense, is instead, limited by him. Instead, Wilson has performed above expectations and finds himself looking like a Top 10 quarterback.”

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Grading the Hawks: Glass half empty, or half full?

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll talks to players in the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

Just two weeks ago, the Seattle Seahawks were one of the up-and-coming teams this season, and had the look of a serious playoff contender.

But two consecutive losses now have league observers wondering if Year 3 of Pete Carroll’s rebuilding effort in Seattle is more pretender than contender.

The Seahawks sit at 4-4, with surprising wins over Dallas, Green Bay and New England at home, and disappointing losses to Arizona, St. Louis and Detroit on the road.

The defense has, at times, looked dominant, but also has shown its youth and inexperience, with an inability to make plays on critical third-down situations.

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WR Obomanu placed on IR; Kearse signed to active roster

Seattle Seahawks receiver Ben Obomanu (AP photo).

As expected, the Seattle Seahawks made a couple roster moves on the team’s off day today.

The Seahawks had only three healthy receivers heading into this week, and made some moves to boost their depth at that position.

Seven-year veteran Ben Obomanu was placed on the season-ending injured reserve with a wrist injury that he suffered against Detroit. The Seahawks also released cornerback Danny Gorrer.

With the vacant roster spots, Seattle brought up receiver Jermaine Kearse and offensive lineman Mike Person from the practice squad.

Seattle then added receiver Phillip Bates to the team’s practice squad. Bates, a University of Ohio product, was with the Seahawks during training camp.

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Seahawks-Vikings stats

2012 Stats Hawks Vikings
2012 Record 4-4 5-3
Total Yards Gained 2,424 2,719
Total Offense (NFLRank) 303.0 (30) 339.9 (22)
Rush Offense 131.9 (8) 133.3 (7)
Pass Offense 171.1 (31) 206.6 (27)
Points Per Game 17.5 (27) 23.0 (T16)
Total Yards Allowed 2,496 2,654
Total Defense 312.0 (5) 331.8 (11)
Rush Defense 84.9 (5) 107.6 (16)
Pass Defense 227.1 (13) 224.1 (12)
Points Allowed/Game 16.8 (3) 20.9 (11)
Possession Avg. 29:55 28:43
Sacked/Yds. Lost 14/97 19/90
Sacks Made/Yds. Lost 21/123 23/154
Interceptions By 7 4
Penalties/Yds. 53/428 44/405
Punts/Avg. 32/50.2 37/43.8
Turnover Differential -2 (T18) -4(T24)

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Morning links: 3rd down a downer for Hawks

Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford runs for a touchdown in the second half against Seattle. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

My story today focuses on the Seattle defense’s inability to get off the field on third down this season, which was particularly bad against Detroit last week.

Seattle’s vaunted defense is No. 3 in the league in points allowed, giving up just 16.8 points a contest. And Seattle is No. 5 in total defense, allowing just 312 yards a contest.

But the Seahawks are 27th in the league on third downs, with opponents converting nearly 45 percent of their chances into first downs. The league average for third-down defense is 33 percent.

Even more troubling for Carroll was Seattle’s inability to get off the field in third-and-long situations.

According to STATS Inc., Seattle’s defense allows 43.2 percent (16 of 37) third-down plays from 10 yards and longer to be converted into first downs, worst in the league. No other team in the NFL has allowed more than nine such conversions.

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Carroll could make moves at WR

The Seahawks have only three healthy receivers heading into this week’s game against Minnesota, so head coach Pete Carroll said he will consider making moves to beef up the team’s depth at the position, including the possibility of activating University of Washington product Jermaine Kearse from the practice squad.

Currently, Sidney Rice, Golden Tate and Charly Martin are the only healthy receivers on the roster.

“We have to consider our situation because there’s a little uncertainty there,” Carroll said.

Carroll said Doug Baldwin is a long shot to play this week. Baldwin missed the Detroit game with a

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