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Originally published Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 6:49 PM

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Jermaine Kearse to see special action in his pro debut

Receiver out of Washington to play on special teams for Seahawks

Seattle Times staff reporter

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RENTON — The Seahawks didn't have to look far to find their backup plan at wide receiver.

That's because receiver Jermaine Kearse has always managed to stay close.

"It's like I can't get out of Washington," he joked.

He went from Lakes High School in Pierce County to the University of Washington to the Seattle Seahawks' 53-man roster this week after Ben Obomanu was placed on injured reserve.

"I'm happy to be here," Kearse said. "I'm very fortunate, blessed to be here. Not too many people get to live their whole lives in the state and then play for a professional team in their state."

And Kearse is going to play Sunday, one of the only things that is certain when it comes to Seattle's receivers. The Seahawks will be forced to take a wait-and-see approach with both Doug Baldwin and Braylon Edwards, who each missed the game last week.

Baldwin returned to practice Wednesday from a high ankle sprain he suffered Oct. 18, and while he was limited in his activity, he is no longer a longshot to play, according to his coach.

"He looks better than we expected coming into the week," Pete Carroll said. "I don't know if that's going to happen or not, but we're going to see."

Edwards sat out practice Wednesday, resting a knee that swelled unexpectedly last weekend and prevented him from playing in Detroit.

"He's going to get some work this week," Carroll said. "We're going to find out how he handles it. We think that he can make it back from all indications, but we don't know."

No doubt about Kearse, though. He's going to be playing some special teams at the very least after being promoted to the active roster to replace Obomanu, who became the first Seahawk placed on injured reserve since the regular season began. Obomanu suffered a wrist injury that will require him to be in a cast for at least six weeks, and more likely eight.

That creates an opportunity for Kearse, who was undrafted out of Washington, but signed with Seattle and worked himself from training camp to the practice squad to the 53-man roster.

"Jermaine has done a very good job," Carroll said. "He has impressed everybody in everything he has done. He is going to be involved in special teams this week, extensively. He has made great impressions so we're fortunate to have him available to pop up."


• Carroll indicated CB Walter Thurmond's practice regimen will be elevated this week as the team decides whether to activate him. Thurmond has been on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, recovering from a broken leg he suffered in March.

• DT Jason Jones sat out practice because of an injured ankle, which forced him to miss the last game.

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