RENTON, Wash. – Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin was conspicuously absent on Thursday a couple of days after it was revealed that he will be out for a few weeks to treat/rest a sore knee. Friday, Baldwin was back with the knee still in a sleeve.
Coach Pete Carroll said Friday that Baldwin was away for a little while getting his treatment plan set up (whether Baldwin may also have received a Regenokine treatment that other Seahawks have in the past, he wouldn’t say).
Baldwin isn’t likely to see any time in the preseason.
But Carroll said there is no worry he won’t be ready for Sept. 9 and the regular season opener at Denver.
“None,’’ he said when asked if there is any concern about Baldwin’s availability for that game.
“He is no different than he was in the offseason,’’ Carroll said. “We just wanted to kind of reconstruct his return and conditioning and all of that. He took a little bit of time off and we just didn’t handle that quite right so we just wanted to give him a chance to get back right, take really good are and all that, knowing that he’s fine.’’
Taking advantage the last couple of days has been 2017 third-round pick Amara Darboh, who had a good day on Wednesday and again on Friday with a leaping, hanging-in-the-air catch of a Russell Wilson pass over Byron Maxwell.
“He’s had a little bit of in-and-out of being fully healthy,’’ Carroll said. “And he feels great right now and he’s firing on all cylinders and he has made a number of plays the last couple of days. This is an ongoing kind of rolling competition with the wide receivers and it’s a really exciting group and he has been hot the last couple of days.’’
Darboh’s status as a third-round pick won’t hurt him in getting a long leash to show what he can do. As of today, if you had to pick six receivers to make the final roster, he’d probably be on it, along with Baldwin, Tyler Lockett, Jaron Brown, Brandon Marshall and Marcus Johnson.
Marshall obviously remains the wild card with his health going a long way toward making that decision. Marshall didn’t do a whole lot Friday, but Carroll said the hope is he will soon be full go.
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