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

November 2, 2012 at 1:24 PM

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Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin ready to play, Braylon Edwards out

RENTON -- Receiver Doug Baldwin is expected to play Sunday when the Seahawks host the Vikings, a remarkable recovery only two weeks after he suffered a high ankle sprain.

Doug looks to be ready to go. He had a full week of practice, which surprised us.

"You can't even explain it, but he pulled it off," coach Pete Carroll said. "It would be great to see him play."

On Monday, Carroll characterized the possibility of Baldwin playing as a longshot, which prompted concern about the Seahawks' depth at receiver since Braylon Edwards' status was also uncertain.

Edwards did not practice this week, and won't play on Sunday, but the return of Baldwin provides a boost after a slow start to the season with injuries to his hamstring and shoulder not to mention the two teeth that were broken as he made a diving attempt at a ball in the end zone back in Week 1.

"Unfortunately this year, he hasn't been able to stay healthy consistently," Carroll said. "So we haven't had a steady dose of him. But we love him, and he's one of our guys, and we're hoping he can be a factor as kick in the second half here."

Defensive tackle Jason Jones did not practice this week, and is likely to miss a second consecutive game because of a sprained ankle.

"He did not look well and look ready to go today, which isn't a good sign for the weekend," Carroll said.

Defensive lineman Alan Branch was absent from Seahawks' practice Friday because of a death in his family. He is expected to be back in time for the game.

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.

The other personnel matter is cornerback Walter Thurmond, who is eligible to be activated from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. Seattle has until Monday to sign him to the 53-man roster, release him or place him on injured reserve.

Carroll said the team hasn't decided whether Thurmond will be active for Sunday's game.

"Walter had a great week and has had two good weeks," Carroll said. "He has been impressive out here. So we wanted to see what today (Friday) looks like, practice and all that. We're going to make a decision before game time."

Thurmond would have to be activated Saturday to be available for Sunday's game.

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