RENTON, Wash. – Just two weeks after suffering a high ankle sprain, Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin is expected to play against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
Baldwin was forced to watch his teammates at home on television as he didn’t make the trip to Detroit with the rest of the team.
“That killed me,” Baldwin said. “I have to play football.”
Baldwin vowed to make it back for this Sunday’s game against the Vikings.
Head coach Pete Carroll on Monday called Baldwin “a long shot” to play, yet Baldwin was back at practice on Wednesday. Baldwin was able to fully participate on Thursday, two weeks to the day after injuring his left ankle in a 13-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
“He surprised us,” Carroll said. “Coming out of Monday, we weren’t sure. Then he practiced on Wednesday, got through it and had a good week so we’re hoping he’s going to play.”
Baldwin has been plagued with injuries all season. A hamstring issue kept him out the entire preseason and most of training camp. He broke his two front teeth in the season opener in Arizona and missed the game against the Green Bay Packers with a shoulder injury.
With Ben Obomanu landing on injured reserve and Braylon Edwards out for Sunday’s game, the Seahawks could use Baldwin back in the lineup.
Edwards (knee) and DT Jason Jones (ankle) are both officially out for Sunday’s game. … DT Greg Scruggs returned to practice Friday and is expected to play with an oblique strain.
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