Seahawks’ Doug Baldwin expected to play vs. Vikings

Nov 2, 2012, 2:08 PM | Updated: 2:09 pm

By Bill Swartz

Russell Wilson will have a valuable target available Sunday when the Seahawks host the Vikings
at CenturyLink Field.

Coach Pete Carroll said Friday that slot receiver Doug Baldwin had a solid week of practice and will be ready to play against Minnesota. Baldwin surprised coaches and the training staff by how quickly he recovered from a high ankle sprain that kept him out of the Detroit game.

“He hasn’t been consistently healthy, so we haven’t had a steady dose of him,” Carroll said. “We love him, he’s one of our important guys, and we hope he can be a factor as we kick in the second half.”

Carroll said receiver Braylon Edwards will not play Sunday due to a knee problem. Pierce County and University of Washington product Jermaine Kearse will play receiver and on special teams, Carroll said.

On defense, it’s looking like lineman Jason Jones will miss a second straight game with a sprained ankle. Carroll said Jones didn’t look well in Friday practice, which isn’t a good sign for the weekend. Rookie defensive end Greg Scruggs did return to practice from an oblique injury and will be available against the Vikings.

Offensive lineman John Moffitt is ready for game action but will not be a starter. Carroll said the second-year man from Wisconsin is a backup at both guards and center position.

While cornerback Walter Thurmond had two good weeks of work, Carroll said the team will wait until this weekend to decide whether to activate him from the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Carroll said this game is really important to set the tone for the second half of the season.

“It’s crucial we play well at home, but know Minnesota is really good, and going to make it hard on us,” he said.

Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks Pete Carroll Geno Smith...
Brandon Gustafson

FOX’s Cowherd: Geno is a ‘great story’ but not Seahawks’ future at QB

FOX Sports' Colin Cowherd joined Brock and Salk to share his thoughts on the Seahawks' season and QB Geno Smith's success.
19 hours ago
Seahawks Kenneth Walker III...
The Associated Press

Seahawks’ backfield depth getting tested entering stretch run

Pete Carroll had only vague updates about the status of the Seahawks' backfield, which was left thin in the second half of last week’s win over the Los Angeles Rams.
2 days ago
Seahawks Rams...
Brent Stecker

K.J. Wright: How Seahawks fixed early run D issue vs Rams

Former Seahawks Pro Bowl linebacker K.J. Wright breaks down the change Seattle made after a shaky first defensive series in their win over the Rams.
2 days ago
Seahawks draft Will Anderson...
Joe Fann

Fann: Seahawks Draft — bowl guide for their potential 1st-round picks

Joe Fann breaks down the list of top players at three positions that could be Seahawks first-round picks, and which bowl games you can see them in.
3 days ago
Seahawks Pete Carroll...
Brent Stecker

ESPN’s Riddick thinks Seahawks’ Carroll knew all along they were good

ESPN analyst and former NFL safety Louis Riddick was around the Seahawks in the preseason, and he saw a "twinkle in the eye" of Pete Carroll at the time.
3 days ago
Seahawks Geno Smith...
Brent Stecker

Seahawks Game-Changing Plays: Breaking down Geno’s winning drive

The Seahawks beat the Rams 27-23 on Sunday, and it wouldn't have happened without Geno Smith leading a late TD drive. Michael Bumpus breaks down the biggest plays from that drive.
3 days ago
Seahawks’ Doug Baldwin expected to play vs. Vikings