On Thursday, Doug Baldwin said he felt like he was ready to play in Sunday’s game in Arizona, but the Seahawks’ Pro-Bowl receiver also acknowledged that the decision ultimately wouldn’t be his alone.
A day later, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confirmed that Baldwin will indeed make his return from the knee injury that kept him out of the previous two games.
“I’m excited to tell you Doug Baldwin is going to play in this game,” Carroll said following Friday’s practice. “He had a great week, he looked terrific. He’s just raring to go as much as anybody could, so we’re really excited to have him back out there. He’s a big part of our club and he means a lot to us, so that’ll be great to see him out here.”
Getting back Baldwin, a two-time Pro-Bowler who has more than 3,000 receiving yards and 29 touchdown receptions over the past three seasons, is obviously very good news for quarterback Russell Wilson and the rest of Seattle’s offense.
“Just watching him during the week and seeing how crisp he is, the routes that he runs—you can just see Russell’s confidence in him and kind of the anticipation of where he’s going to be and getting the ball out quickly to him—it’s so valuable,” Carroll said. “How he fits in? We’ve got to work him back in a little bit and see how it goes, but he looked fantastic, he looked like he was in top-flight condition and all. So we’ll see how the game goes, but he looked great. He does mean a lot to us, just in continuity and confidence and all of that.”
The Seahawks are hoping they’ll also have starting running back Chris Carson, but Carroll said he’ll be a game-day decision. Carson, who is listed as questionable, was a limited participant throughout the week because of a hip injury.
“We’ve just got to make sure he’s OK,” Carroll said. “He just felt a little something and we just took it easy on him. He had a bunch of carries last week and it warranted a little bit of a break. We’ve just got to make sure he’s OK… We’ll take it all the way to game time. He’s thinking he’s going, but we’ll just make sure to guarantee it.”
Fellow running back C.J. Prosise is listed as doubtful with an abdomen injury, but Carroll said, “He has a chance to play this weekend too.”
Also listed as questionable is defensive end Dion Jordan, who was limited in practice Friday after being held out the previous two days with a hip injury.
“He worked out today,” Carroll said. “I’ve got to watch the film and see how he comes back after he works today. That’s one of the things we need to see with him—does he feel OK tomorrow after the load that he took? We’ll determine that at game time.”
The Seahawks won’t have rookie defensive end Rasheem Green, who has been ruled out with an ankle injury, though Carroll noted that Green is making a quick recovery.
“He’s bouncing around on it pretty good, but he won’t make it,” Carroll said.
Guard Ethan Pocic is listed as doubtful with an ankle injury, but Carroll said there’s an outside chance he will be available Sunday. Earlier this week, Carroll said J.R. Sweezy will start again at left guard even if Pocic is able to play.
“He looked really good today, he was bouncing around today,” Carroll said of Pocic. “I caught him running with me between drills; I was surprised he looked that comfortable. I don’t know what that means. We’re kind of thinking that it’s hard for him to play this week, but he shocked us today that he was that good, so we’ll see where he is.”
Arizona has no players ruled out or listed as doubtful, but five players are listed as questionable, including four starters—receiver Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring), defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche (knee), defensive tackle Corey Peters (elbow) and right tackle Andre Smith (elbow).
Here are the full injury reports for both teams:
DE Rasheem Green (ankle, did not participate in practice)
LB K.J. Wright (knee, did not participate in practice)
G Ethan Pocic (ankle, did not participate in practice)
RB C.J. Prosise (abdomen, did not participate in practice)
DE Dion Jordan (hip, limited participation in practice)
WR Doug Baldwin (knee, full participation in practice)
S Delano Hill (hamstring, full participation in practice)
RB Chris Carson (hip, limited participation in practice)
WR Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring, limited participation in practice)
DT Robert Nkemdiche (knee, limited participation in practice)
DT Corey Peters (elbow, limited participation in practice)
OL Andre Smith (elbow limited participation in practice)
DT Olsen Pierre (toe, limited participation in practice)
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