PHOENIX—When Pete Carroll talked to the media at the NFL Scouting Combine, the Seahawks coach said that receiver Doug Baldwin was recovering from knee and shoulder surgeries he had following the 2018 season. Less than a month later at the NFL Annual Meetings, Carroll said that his team’s Pro Bowl receiver needs yet another surgery to repair a sports hernia.
After battling through numerous injuries throughout the 2018 season, Baldwin will have a lot of work in front of him to be ready for 2019, but Carroll is confident that Baldwin is well-equipped to handle it.
“There's never been anybody that's tougher and more able to come back from whatever challenges he's (faced),” Carroll said. “He has been extraordinarily adept at figuring out how to return from the circumstances of being banged up. If he could, he will. If he could do it, he will. I have no doubt in that. But it's been a challenging offseason for him. He's had a lot of stuff he's been working on. This latest one is going to take some time again. Whatever he has to do, we're going to follow, support and believe in it. If anybody can do it, he can get it done.
“I have so much respect for the way he was able to deal with. He was so banged up. He had a number of things that surfaced last year. It's been challenging.”
Baldwin isn’t the only Seahawks player rehabbing this offseason. Carroll said tight end Will Dissly, whose promising rookie campaign was limited to four games due to a patellar tendon injury, is making good progress, but won’t be ready for offseason workouts this spring.
“Will's doing great,” Carroll said. “He's in the weight room with our guys working out. He's in the training room. I see Will a lot, coming through the facility. He looks good, running well, from what I understand. He's moving, getting going. It's still going to take us all the way to camp time to get him going, and we won't rush that at all. He's in great shape so far. Everything is going well.”
Linebacker Mychal Kendricks, whose season was cut short by a knee injury, is also progressing well, Carroll said.
“He’s fine,” Carroll said. “It was a pretty straightforward surgery and all that. He should be in pretty good shape. Sounds like he's great.”
Carroll said running back C.J. Prosise had abdominal surgery and should be in the mix for playing time at running back, particularly with Mike Davis leaving in free agency.
“The surgery was more intense than they had even anticipated,” Carroll said. “He was working really hard to stay with us as long as he could. That’s an injury you can deal with to a certain extent and then it just overcomes your ability. He hung tough throughout, and we’ve loved C.J. and the dynamics that he brings to us, so to get him back—and really when you think of us losing Mike, C.J. comes back into the fold I think it’s a tremendous addition running and catching and blocking. He’s a good prospect. So in the position we love the competition, we love the depth, we love the play of our guys. C.J. can really bring us something. I’m anxious to see him fit back in.”
Dressed in costume as Luigi, team mascot Blitz the Seahawk paid a visit to 2019 Emerald City Comic Con held at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle.