Update: According to a source, the injury that forced Doug Baldwin to leave practice early on Thursday is not believed to be serious. Coach Pete Carroll told “Brock and Salk” Friday morning that Baldwin suffered a strain in his foot and will be fine.
RENTON – Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin left Thursday’s practice early, walking off the field with trainers at his side, after he was tackled awkwardly during an 11-on-11 team drill.
Baldwin caught a pass down the right sideline from Russell Wilson and turned up field before he was brought down by linebacker K.J. Wright. He stayed on his back for a few seconds, rolled over and punched his fist against the turf before grabbing his right ankle/foot.
Wilson, Wright, cornerback Richard Sherman and other concerned teammates as well as members of the Seahawks’ training staff circled around Baldwin as he put weight on his right foot. He got a fist-pound from Wright before walking off the field slowly but on his own power and without much of a limp.
There was no immediate word from the team on Baldwin’s status.
“Whenever you see a teammate go down, it’s always a little bit nerve-wracking,” Wilson said after practice. “I’m sure he’ll be OK. I’m going to check on him inside. I’m sure he’s fine. He’s as tough as it gets, so Doug will be back for sure.”
Baldwin has missed only two games during his six NFL seasons, both of which came in 2012. He’s led the Seahawks in receiving four times, including each of the last three seasons.
Tight end Luke Willson and cornerback Jeremy Lane were among the players who didn’t practice Thursday. The reason for Willson’s absence isn’t known, though he appeared to be walking with a slight limp. Lane has been dealing with what coach Pete Carroll called a soft-tissue injury. Carroll said earlier in the week that Lane should return soon.