Doug Baldwin, a second-year receiver for the Seahawks, has had a tough time establishing himself this season because of injuries. The latest injury is a high ankle sprain that will keep him out of Seattle's game Sunday at Detroit.
RENTON — Add a high ankle sprain to the list of injuries that have slowed receiver Doug Baldwin this year, and add Baldwin’s pending absence as one of the challenges Seattle’s offense will face Sunday in Detroit.
Baldwin will be out for a couple weeks, according to coach Pete Carroll, after he suffered an injury during a special-teams play in the second quarter of last week’s game in San Francisco.
The injury is one more setback for Baldwin, who was the team’s leading receiver last season as a rookie. After catching 51 passes in 2011, Baldwin didn’t play in any of Seattle’s four exhibition games because of a hamstring injury, and he suffered a shoulder injury that kept him out of Seattle’s Week 3 game against Green Bay.
In his first three games this season, he caught four passes for 23 yards.
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“He hasn’t been healthy, really,” Carroll said. “I think it’s just a matter of he’s just not had any continuity at all.”
The Seahawks had looked to Baldwin more in the past few weeks, though. In the past three games, he caught seven for 126 yards before suffering the ankle injury.
Carroll said the Seahawks will turn to Charly Martin as the slot receiver, as well as using Golden Tate in that role.
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Cornerback Walter Thurmond returned to practice this week after recovering from a broken fibula for the second time in a year. He first suffered the injury in Week 7 last year at Cleveland and reinjured his leg in March, which caused him to begin this season on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
“It was the exact same rehab,” Thurmond said, “getting back in shape and all, I had to do it twice. That wasn’t fun at all.”
Thurmond, a fourth-round draft choice out of Oregon in 2010, was eligible to begin practicing with the team last week, but did not because of the Seahawks’ condensed week. He practiced Wednesday, and Seattle has until Nov. 5 to activate him.
• G John Moffitt returned to practice Wednesday after missing the past four games because of a knee injury. Moffitt started at right guard before his injury, but the configuration on the line has changed since he went out, with James Carpenter returning at left guard and Paul McQuistan moving to the right side. Carroll said any decision on the starting spot would wait until he sees how Moffitt progresses.
• DT Jason Jones (ankle) and CB Byron Maxwell (hamstring) sat out practice Wednesday. LB Malcolm Smith practiced after being cleared to return from a concussion he suffered in Thursday’s game.
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