Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said second-year receiver Doug Baldwin is expected to play on Sunday against Minnesota
“Doug looks to be ready to go,” Carroll said. “He had a full week of practice. He surprised us. Coming out of Monday we weren’t sure, and he just practiced on Wednesday, got through it and had a good week.”
Baldwin, who suffered a high-ankle sprain against San Francisco on Oct. 18, said he felt like he was healthy enough to play against Detroit last week if the team would have allowed him to, but is thankful to be available this weekend.
It’s a quick recovery for Baldwin. Typically, high-ankle sprains can take four to six weeks to recover from.
“Before the game last week, I knew for a fact that I would be back this week,” Baldwin said. “If allowed I would have been able to play. It wouldn’t have been pretty, but I would have been able to be out there.”
Carroll did not rule out defensive tackle Jason Jones for Sunday. However, Jones did not practice for a second straight week due to an ankle issue, and appears unlikely to play on Sunday, which means Seattle will use Greg Scruggs or Clinton McDonald in passing situations to rush the passer as a defensive tackle.
Scruggs returned to practice after missing Thursday with an oblique injury.
Receiver Braylon Edwards also did not practice this week because of a swollen knee, and has been ruled out by Carroll for this Sunday’s game.
Carroll said that John Moffitt (knee) should be available for this weekend, but will be used as a backup for both guards and the center position if active, and is not expected to start.
Rookie receiver Jermaine Kearse, elevated from the practice squad to the active roster this week, is expected to be active and play both offense and special teams on Sunday, according to Carroll.
However, Carroll would not say if cornerback Walter Thurmond will be activated from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list to the active roster for the Minnesota game.
“Walter had a great week,” Carroll said. “And he’s had two great weeks. He’s been impressive out here. We wanted to see what today looked like in practice and all that, and we’re going to make our decision before game time.”
Defensive tackle Alan Branch was excused from practice today due to a death in the family, but is expected to play on Sunday.