RENTON – The Seattle Seahawks could be without the team’s leading receiver from a year ago when they play host to the Green Bay Packers on Monday night.
Second-year pro Doug Baldwin suffered a shoulder injury and had to leave practice Thursday. Baldwin did not practice on Friday or Saturday, but coach Pete Carroll said there’s a chance he could play Monday.
If Baldwin can’t play (he’s listed as questionable), Charly Martin would serve as the slot receiver. Martin, who’s also dealing with a chest injury that forced him to miss last week’s game against Dallas, practiced all week and is probable for Monday’s game.
Baldwin led Seattle in receptions as a rookie in 2011, finishing with 51 catches for 788 yards and four touchdowns, but he hasn’t been much of a factor this season. The Stanford product was slowed by a hamstring issue that kept him out of most of the exhibition season.
In two regular-season games Baldwin has three receptions for 13 yards.
Another reason for Baldwin’s limited production is Seattle has used more two- and three-tight end sets. Baldwin played 50 of Seattle’s offensive snaps in the opener at Arizona (67 percent), and 18 offensive plays against Dallas (28 percent) last week.
Baldwin is listed as questionable on the injury report.
“He banged his shoulder during the week here,” Carroll said. “And we don’t know yet.
“He thinks he can get right, and we’ll have to wait and see all the way up until game time.”
Receiver Sidney Rice also did not practice Saturday, but Carroll said he wanted to get his No. 1 receiver some rest as he continues to deal with a knee issue, and that Rice should be fine for Monday.
Carroll said offensive tackle Russell Okung (knee) and tight end Zach Miller (foot) made it through the week OK, and will play on Monday. Both are listed as probable.
Okung missed last week’s game against Dallas with a bone bruise on his left knee, but backup Frank Omiyale was solid in his place.
Marshawn Lynch (back) also practiced fully and is probable for Monday.
Cornerback Byron Maxwell (shoulder) did not practice all week and is ruled out for Monday’s game.
MARAGOS FACES HOMETOWN PACKERS
Seahawks special teams standout Chris Maragos grew up rooting for the Green Bay Packers in Racine, Wis., about a three-hour drive south of Green Bay.
But the Maragos family will be cheering for Seattle on Monday night.
The University of Wisconsin product said his parents, his brother and his wife, aunts and uncles are in town for the game – about 10 in all – and they’ll be at CenturyLink Field.
In his second season with Seattle, Maragos is Earl Thomas’ backup at free safety and has a tackle on special teams in two games. Last year, Maragos was second on the team in special teams tackles with 11.
Maragos said his first game as a pro during his rookie season, while with San Francisco, was at Lambeau Field, so he’s faced the Packers before.
“Growing up in Wisconsin, Green Bay – that’s it,” Maragos said. “So any time you get a chance to play against them, it’s always special to play against your childhood team that you grew up watching.”
Carroll said offensive guard James Carpenter had a good week, his first in taking a 100 percent workload while coming back from anterior cruciate ligament surgery in December. Carroll said Carpenter will not play Monday, but the team will have a tough decision to make in the future at left guard between Carpenter, last year’s first-round pick, and current starter Paul McQuistan. Carroll commended reserve quarterback Matt Flynn for running the scout offense and giving the defense a good look in practice, and that the LSU product finally looks fully recovered from a sore elbow that set him back during the exhibition season. From Green Bay’s injury report, linebacker Jamari Lattimore (ankle) did not practice Saturday and has been ruled out for Monday. Cornerback Davon House (shoulder) was a limited participant in practice and is doubtful. Tight end Tom Crabtree (shoulder) did not practice and is limited. Receiver Greg Jennings (groin), safety Sean Richardson (hamstring), running back James Starks (toe) and defensive end C.J. Wilson (groin) were limited participants and are questionable. Receiver Randall Cobb (hamstring), linebacker Terrell Manning (concussion), linebacker Nick Perry (wrist) and guard Josh Sitton (knee) are email@example.com 253-597-8437 blog.thenewstribune.com/seahawks @eric_d_williams