Doug Baldwin Appears to Be All Systems Go for Sunday, Plus More NFC West News

Tyson LanglandNFC West Lead WriterNovember 2, 2012

Oct 18, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin (86) carries the ball against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

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.


Arizona Cardinals

Tyler Nickel of is adamant that the Cardinals should cut tight end Todd Heap.

Shaun M. Church of Bleacher Report breaks down three keys to Sunday's game against the Packers.


San Francisco 49ers

Chris Chase of the USA Today says the 49ers can ask, but Alex Smith did not set an NFL record on Monday night.

I had the opportunity to interview Alex Smith for Bleacher Report yesterday morning—check it out here.


St. Louis Rams

Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch examines Sam Bradford and what his numbers say about him.

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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