Even after practice on Monday, wide receiver Doug Baldwin appeared to be a long shot for Sunday's game. Yet he vowed to do everything he could to make sure he was back and now it appears as if the odds are in his favor.
For the first time in two weeks, Baldwin was a full participant in practice. A high ankle sprain he suffered on Thursday Night Football against the 49ers had been holding him back, and with fellow wide receiver Ben Obomanu going on injured reserve earlier in the week, it would be huge if No. 89 could suit up and man all the snaps in the slot.
Counting a healthy Baldwin, Seattle's wide receiving corps would probably only have four healthy wideouts come Sunday. I'm sure head coach Pete Carroll doesn't want to put too much on Jermaine Kearse right away.
Kearse was activated from the practice squad earlier this week as a corresponding move to Obomanu's season-ending wrist surgery. After Thursday's practice, the Seahawks still had three players sidelined: Greg Scruggs, Jason Jones and Braylon Edwards.
It appears as if right guard John Moffitt will return this week after being sidelined with a bothersome knee for the past five games. Still no Walter Thurmond III for this Sunday's game. Coach Carroll wants to see him practice fully for one more week before he chooses to activate him.
With that, let's take a look at other news stories from around the NFC West.
Tyler Nickel of RevengeOfTheBirds.com is adamant that the Cardinals should cut tight end Todd Heap.
I had the opportunity to interview Alex Smith for Bleacher Report yesterday morning—check it out here.
St. Louis Rams
Brandon Alisoglu of Bleacher Report takes a look at running back Steven Jackson and ponders what may be next for him.
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