RENTON Doug Baldwin is fine, with just a strain in his foot and nothing more serious. And Shaquill Griffin will start at right cornerback in his first NFL game, the Seahawks’ preseason opener on Sunday.
That’s the news from coach Pete Carroll following the 11th practice of training camp on Friday.
Carroll described Baldwin’s injury as a strain to the upper part of his foot. He said the Seahawks will be cautious with Baldwin, who went down on the sideline after a catch, held his right ankle and foot, then left training-camp practice early on Thursday.
Carroll said if Sunday’s was a real game Baldwin thinks he’d be able to play. But he likely won’t against the Chargers in Carson, California.
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It is, after all, only Aug. 11. The game’s don’t get real until Sept. 10, at Green Bay.
Griffin, the third-round draft choice this spring, is seizing the opportunity created by Jeremy Lane’s ongoing absences from practice with what Carroll has only described as a “soft-tissue injury.” He has shined at the starting cornerback spot opposite Richard Sherman in team scrimmages the last week.
Now he will start the first exhibition game.
Carroll said Lane is “very close” to returning to practice, likely Tuesday after the team returns from Los Angeles and then a day off.
Carroll said Tyler Lockett, returning from a broken leg on Christmas Eve, will not play Sunday.
Running back Eddie Lacy will play. The coach said the new running back is “raring to go” following ankle surgery in October that ended his time with the Green Bay Packers.
Carroll also went on again about how great lead back Thomas Rawls looks in returning from his injury-filled 2015 and ‘16.
“I’m really fired up for him,” Carroll said.