Baldwin makes speedy recovery, ready to play
Doug Baldwin couldn't have completed his comeback route any quicker. Not if you consider the severity of the ankle injury he suffered Oct...
Seattle Times staff reporter
Minnesota Vikings @ Seattle Seahawks, 1:05 p.m., Ch. 13
RENTON — Doug Baldwin couldn't have completed his comeback route any quicker.
Not if you consider the severity of the ankle injury he suffered Oct. 18. He returned within two weeks, and he is expected to play for the Seahawks against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
"He made a miraculous recovery," coach Pete Carroll said.
His return was a welcome one. Seattle would have been down to four healthy receivers without Baldwin. Braylon Edwards, who missed last week's game after his knee swelled unexpectedly, has been ruled out for Sunday's game along with defensive tackle Jason Jones.
Jermaine Kearse is expected to play after being promoted to the 53-man roster after Ben Obomanu's season-ending wrist injury.
Baldwin is Seattle's slot specialist and one of its most effective third-down receivers. He was Seattle's leading receiver last season with 51 catches, but he has not been able to stay healthy this season after missing all four exhibition games because of a hamstring injury.
A shoulder injury kept him out for Seattle's Week 3 game against Green Bay. He suffered a high-ankle sprain on a special-teams play in the first half of Seattle's Oct. 18 loss at San Francisco. Carroll expected him to miss multiple weeks. Instead, Baldwin is back after missing one game.
"We're hoping he can be a factor in the second half," Carroll said.
That's something that's true up and down the roster after Seattle finished the first half 4-4.
The schedule does get more favorable after Seattle faced the quarterback equivalent of murderers' row in the first half with games against Tony Romo, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Matthew Stafford.
The second half of the season starts with Minnesota's Christian Ponder, who has been picked off seven times in the past four games.
But at 5-3, the Vikings are better than most expected. The same could be said for the rest of the second half of Seattle's schedule. Because while there's only one 2011 playoff team among the Seahawks' final eight opponents, four of those final eight games are against teams that currently hold a winning record.
• Vikings TE John Carlson, a former Seahawk, has been ruled out for Sunday's game because of a concussion.
• Minnesota WR Percy Harvin (hamstring) was limited in practice this week but is listed as probable. RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) sat out practice Friday but is also probable.
• Guard John Moffitt will be available for the game but is not expected to start. Paul McQuistan remains at right guard while Moffitt will serve as the backup guard and center.
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