Doug Baldwin joined 710 ESPN Seattle's "Justin and Gee" show in studio on Thursday and the Seahawks wide receiver shared an encouraging update on teammate Ricardo Lockette, who underwent successful surgery on Monday to stabilize ligament damage in his neck.
"He's doing well," Baldwin said. "I was texting him this morning. He's still joking, as serious as the situation may be and as traumatizing as it was for all of us, he's in good spirits, joking with me, making an effort to let me know how he's doing.
"He was able to walk and move his head around, so he's doing really well. He'll be home soon, hopefully."
Lockette's surgery came the day after he was concussed on a hit he suffered in the Seahawks' 13-12 Week 8 win over the Dallas Cowboys this past Sunday, when Lockette collided with Cowboys safety Jeff Heath on a special teams play that left Lockette lying motionless on the AT&T Stadium turf.
"I was just trying to tell him that he's going to be all right," Baldwin said of his interaction with Lockette after the play. "You could just see it in his eyes, he didn't know what was going on, he was so worried about not being able to move right away. So in that moment I was just trying to do anything I could to keep his spirits up. I asked him if he could move his legs for me, and he did, so that was like a big sigh of relief for everybody. Just being there for him, whatever he needed."
The surgery will end Lockette's 2015 season early, but Seattle head coach Pete Carroll has said it is too soon to know about Lockette's long-term prognosis for playing.
Later Thursday, Lockette announced via his Instagram account that he had been released from Dallas' Baylor Medical Center, the hospital where his surgery was performed: