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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.

October 31, 2012 at 1:58 PM

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Seahawks playing catch-up at wide receiver

RENTON -- Some teams like to use a hurry-up offense.

The Seahawks, this week, will be forced to take a wait-and-see approach as receiver Doug Baldwin tries to come back from a high ankle sprain and Braylon Edwards attempts to make it through the week after a swollen knee unexpectedly kept him out last week.

But amidst all that uncertainty at wide receiver, one thing is for sure: rookie Jermaine Kearse is going to get a chance to play less than a week after being promoted to Seattle's 53-man roster.

"We have to wait and see on Braylon," coach Pete Carroll said. "We have to wait and see if Doug can make it back, and the rest of the guys are ready to go, and of course, Kearse is jacked up about the opportunity."

As for Baldwin, who suffered an ankle injury on a special-teams play on Oct. 18, he was putting on pads before Wednesday's afternoon practice and hopes to be ready after sitting out last week's game.

"I'm challenging -- as Doug is challenging -- the trainers on that one," Carroll said. "He looks better than we expected coming into the week. I don't know if that's going to happen or not, but we're going to see."

And Edwards, who suffered an unexpectedly swollen knee in Detroi.

"We have to wait and see," Carroll said. "He's going to get some work this week. We'll 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 Ben Obomanu, who became the first Seahawk placed on injured reserve since the regular season began.

"He's going to have his hand in a cast for six weeks and most likely eight weeks," Carroll said, "and we need him to be a guy that can catch the ball for us. He can do a terrific job on special teams under those circumstances, but that long haul with a cast on is just too much to ask of him. He's the toughest guy in this program. He has come back from injuries. He would not let this stop him, but he's just going to be hampered too much with a cast on."

So Kearse will get an opportunity.

"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."

Update: Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell talked about Kearse's talents after Seattle's practice Wednesday: "I like what I've seen on scout team. We've seen him a little bit in the preseason. He made some big plays for us. Running routes against our defense, he does a nice job. He can get some separation, he can get open. He catches the ball well. He has done that on scout team. That's got to be able to carry over. There's a lot of new stuff for him. He has been in every meeting from Day One so he knows the concepts, he knows the routes, but now he's going to be out there running them in the game for the first time. He's a rookie so he's got to be able to step up. He's got to be able to make the plays, and just show what he's done on the scout team on game day. Run your route the same way. Catch the ball the same way. But sometimes there's so many other factors for those guys. Hopefully he shows up well."

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