Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin left Sunday’s season opener with a knee injury, and on Tuesday Carroll gave an update on the Pro-Bowler, indicating that Baldwin will likely miss Seattle’s Week 2 game at Chicago.
“He’s really going to go a few days at a time and we’ll see what happens,” Carroll said. “We’ll wait and see, we don’t know yet. It could be a couple of weeks. We’ll find out. He’s as tough as you get, and we’ll need to wait.”
Baldwin, who has what Carroll called an “MCL issue” has not formally been ruled out, but Carroll said it would be “a pretty big accomplishment if he could turn around and play in a week’s time.”
But whether or not Baldwin is able to play Monday, Carroll made it clear this isn’t viewed as a long-term injury.
“He’ll be able to get back from this,” Carroll said. “He’ll come back from it. It just depends. We’ve got to see it through. It’s really early in the year, we’ve got to take care of him and look after him first and foremost. Then we’ll only do what he’s capable of doing with the OK from the docs too.”
If Baldwin is indeed out, the Seahawks will continue to lean on Brandon Marshall and Tyler Lockett, who both had touchdown catches in Sunday’s loss to the Broncos, and Carroll said Seattle will also lean more on David Moore and Jaron Brown, who saw limited playing time last week.
“We’re very happy with what Brandon did in the game, he showed that he was ready to play and answered the call—he could have had a couple of touchdowns in the game,” Carroll said. “Lock obviously had a big contribution as well. We’ll see more out of David and Jaron Brown too, those guys are out there battling.”
Another key player trying to get back from a knee injury is linebacker K.J. Wright, who missed the opener while recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery. Carroll said it’s too early in the week to know about Wright’s status for this week.
“We’re going to see,” Carroll said. “We’re going to see what happens. He’s running, he’s back to moving and all that, and he has had a really clean rehab in the short time that he’s had. He’s very positive about it, but I can’t tell you what that means for the weekend; I don’t know that yet.”
Right guard D.J. Fluker is also hoping to get back this week after missing the season opener.
“D.J.’s working to get back,” Carroll said. “Again, we’re going to have to go day-to-day and see. We’re lucky we have an extra day, that’ll help us, and a night game. He wants to play, but we’ll see what happens. I’m not sure about that one yet.”
With Fluker out, the Seahawks turned to J.R. Sweezy last week, and while Sweezy didn’t have a perfect game in his first game back with the team that drafted him, Carroll said it overall was “a good solid football game.”
“He missed an opportunity on one of the sacks on a game, had a penalty in there that was a big play too, so he had a couple plays that worked against him, but all in all he played very well at the line of scrimmage,” Carroll said. “He pass-(protected) all his one-on-ones he did a nice job and he came off the ball well too. So it was a real positive. He did a good job the first time out.”
Defensive end Dion Jordan played last week despite missing all of training camp and the preseason while on the physically unable to perform list, but was limited to just 15 snaps against the Broncos. Expect to see more out of Jordan this week.
“He came out of the game really well,” Carroll said. “He definitely will be able to play more than that the second time out.”
2018 Week 1: 12s at Broncos
Fan photos from the Seahawks' 2018 regular-season opener against the Broncos in Denver.