Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin, considered a long shot to play earlier this week, has a better than even chance to play Sunday against Minnesota, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said.
Baldwin, who missed last week’s game at Detroit because of a high ankle sprain suffered against San Francisco on Oct. 18, was a limited participant at practice on Wednesday.
The Seahawks could use Baldwin because they lack depth. Ben Obomanu was placed on the season-ending injured reserve list with a wrist injury and Braylon Edwards may not be available because of a swollen knee. That leaves four healthy receivers on the active roster.
“He looks better than we expected coming into the week,” Carroll said of Baldwin. “I don’t know if that’s going to happen, but we’ll see.”
A day after signing Phil Bates to the practice squad, the Seahawks added another receiver, Lavasier Tuinei. The University of Oregon receiver was with Seattle during training camp.
Carroll said that the team placed Obomanu on the injured reserve because the Seahawks did not think he would heal in time for the end of the season.
“He’s been a terrific player for us, but he’s going to have his hand in a cast for at least six weeks, most likely eight weeks,” Carroll said. “We need him to be a guy that can catch the ball for us. He could do a terrific job on special teams under those circumstances, but that long haul with a cast on is just too much to ask for him.”
Offensive guard John Moffitt (knee) and cornerback Byron Maxwell (hamstring) were also limited participants in practice on Wednesday. Edwards (knee) and defensive tackle Jason Jones (ankle) did not practice. Running back Marshawn Lynch (back) was a full participant.Eric D. Williams: 253-597-8437 eric.williams@ thenewstribune.com @eric_d_williams blog.thenewstribune.com/seahawks