RENTON Seemingly indestructible Doug Baldwin left Seahawks practice early with a trainer and walked slowly into the training room after appearing to injure his lower right leg or ankle during a team scrimmage on Thursday.
The team had no word immediately following practice on the severity of the injury.
But a league source said Thursday evening that early signs are “nothing is serious.”
Seattle’s No. 1 wide receiver, who tied the franchise record with 94 catches last year and co-led the NFL in touchdown receptions in 2015, made a catch of a Russell Wilson pass while running past linebacker K.J. Wright down the right sideline. It was during a full-pads, 11-on-11 scrimmage. Wright continued his chase to the sideline boundary and wrapped his arms around Baldwin’s legs. Baldwin fell somewhat awkwardly and appeared to bang his right ankle.
The Seahawks don’t permit tackling during any practices, though incidental contact that results in players going to the ground after defenders wrap ball carriers -- as this was -- happens daily.
Seattle’s $46 million target for Wilson, who has missed just two games in his six-year NFL career all with the Seahawks, stayed down for a moment beyond the sideline. Then he squatted repeatedly to test the leg. Wright and cornerback Richard Sherman, Baldwin’s friend back to when they went to Stanford, came over to see if Baldwin was OK.
Baldwin then walked off the field carefully flanked by a trainer. He stayed inside for the final 15 minutes or so of practice, Seattle’s 10th of training camp.
Wilson admitted seeing Baldwin down hurt was scary.
“Whenever you see a teammate of yours go down, it’s a always a little nerve-wracking,” Wilson said. “I’m sure he’ll be OK; I’m going to go check on him inside. He’s as tough as it gets.
“Doug will be back.”