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Doug Baldwin breaks teeth in last-minute dive

Baldwin sacrificed his smile in Sunday's game, breaking two teeth going for a potential game-winning touchdown catch in the final minute against Arizona.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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RENTON — Were you seeing red after receiver Doug Baldwin failed to come down with that touchdown catch in the final minute of Sunday's game?

Baldwin certainly was when he opened his eyes after landing face-first into the ground so hard that he suffered two broken teeth despite wearing a helmet and a mouthguard.

"I bit through my lip," Baldwin said. "All the way through it, broke both top teeth. When I roll over, you can see the blood on my shield on the inside of my helmet."

And still, Baldwin felt like he should have made the catch after laying out in a full-extension dive to try to catch what would have been a 13-yard touchdown.

"Oh, I had it," he said. "I think maybe a couple of inches positioning of my body, definitely I would have been able to bring it in."

Baldwin underwent more than four hours of dental work on Tuesday — the players' day off — and will have permanent replacement teeth in a couple of weeks. He expects to play this week.

Wide receiver Golden Tate returned to practice Wednesday, and while he was limited, coach Pete Carroll indicated the hope is Tate will be ready. Tate suffered a sprained knee in the final exhibition game that caused him to miss the season opener.

Receiver Charly Martin is out after suffering a bruised lung, but Carroll said the Seahawks decided not to bring in an additional receiver.

On guards

Guard John Moffitt is expected to start at right guard Sunday against Dallas after he was inactive for last week's game recovering from elbow surgery. Rookie J.R. Sweezy started Week 1 at that spot.

"The fact that John has a chance to come back, he's ready to play again," Carroll said. "John was starting before he got hurt, and so we'll see how this goes, and we feel like we have two guys that can play. Sweezy has done a remarkable job to get this far."

He has indeed, considering he's not only in his first year, but is transitioning to offensive line after playing defensive tackle in college. In Sunday's season opener, Sweezy found himself not so much overmatched physically, but a overwhelmed with the real-time decisions as Arizona sent more than four pass rushers on more than half of Seattle's offensive plays.

"He just got a little discombobulated," said offensive line coach Tom Cable.


• Left tackle Russell Okung did not practice Wednesday, and may not Thursday, but the Seahawks are still hoping he can play Sunday after suffering a bruised knee in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game.

"We'll just take it one day at a time," Carroll said. "He's planning on playing. We're planning that he'll get back."

In the meantime, veteran Frank Omiyale will work at left tackle.

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