Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll had more bad news on receiver Doug Baldwin.
Seattle’s leading receiver from last year has a high-ankle sprain, and has been ruled out of Sunday’s game at Detroit.
Baldwin has dealt with a rash of injuries this season, starting with a hamstring injury that forced him to miss most of preseason play.
Baldwin also had a shoulder issue that kept him out of the Green Bay game.
With the injuries, Baldwin’s numbers have suffered. He has 11 receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown in six games played.
“Unfortunately he’s going to be a couple week out anyway,” Carroll said. “That’s a change for us, because we were just getting him going, and felt like he was coming around. But we’ll get him back when we can.”
Carroll said Charly Martin and Golden Tate will fill in at slot with Baldwin out.
Tate also will have some competition for reps at split end with Bralyon Edwards. Carroll would not say who his starting split end will be against Detroit this weekend.
Edwards, a University of Michigan product, returns home to play at Ford Field this weekend.
“He’s going to battle this week again,” Carroll said, when asked if Tate will start at split end. “We know that Braylon is playing well, and working hard at it. We want to make him available, so the competition is always on. And I expect both of those guys to play.”
Defensive lineman Jason Jones will miss some practice time this week with a sore ankle. Carroll said Malcolm Smith (concussion) should make it back, and will practice today, and has been cleared.
Carroll said he’ll take a close look at cornerback Walter Thurmond (leg) and offensive lineman John Moffitt (knee) this week to see how close they are to returning to the field.
Carroll would not say if either player will figure into the equation this weekend.
“Getting Walter back, this is a big boost to us,” Carroll said. “He’s a fantastic athlete. He’s a nickel guy, but he can play outside as well. Out of nowhere you get a guy back on your roster that’s a real big opportunity for us. How far we can bring him, I don’t know that.”
Carroll went on to say that the coaching staff has always thought of Thurmond as a starting nickel cornerback in term of his potential, as well as a guy who can start on the outside.
Receiver Sidney Rice also talked about his show of frustration last Thursday against San Francisco, when he threw his mouthpiece after Russell Wilson’s interception when he forced the ball into triple coverage to Edwards
“I get frustrated when we win, too,” joked Rice, when asked if he was frustrated about his lack of touches last week against the Niners. “A lot of people do. Like I said, it’s all about winning. It’s not only when we’re losing. I just may show emotion different ways out there on the field.
“I take you were talking about when I threw my mouthpiece. I was a little upset because you can’t win ball games turning the ball over to a team like the 49ers – a real solid defense. You’ve got to protect the ball. And that’s our main focus around here.”