In drawing 15 targets and catching 10 passes for 105 yards and one touchdown, wide receiver Doug Baldwin played an extensive role for the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. However, the Seahawks No. 1 pass catcher was then seen limping on the sideline late in the fourth quarter.
The veteran wide receiver suffered a groin injury in the Seahawks’ Week 3 loss to the Titans on Sunday, but he’s expected to receive positive news on Monday. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports that Baldwin’s groin malady is not considered to be serious, so he could well be in line to play for the Seahawks in Week 4.
As for backup defensive back and special teamer Dewey McDonald, he was not as lucky. McDonald will undergo a MRI on Monday for an injury Rapoport believes to be a torn ACL. If that is ultimately the case, such a setback would end McDonald’s season after knee surgery ensues.
On the other hand, positive news for Baldwin would benefit an offense that needs all the weapons available. The Seahawks are 1-2 after losing in Nashville and have not been consistent on offense. However, quarterback Russell Wilson did fare well in defeat, gashing the Titans defense for 373 yards and four touchdown passes. While it wasn’t enough in a 33-27 loss, that represented a positive step for an offense that did not show much in its first two outings.
Baldwin is now signed to his third Seahawks contract and has served as the team’s No. 1 wide receiver for the last several years. Now in his seventh NFL season, Baldwin is coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns.
Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin caught 10 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown in Seattle’s 33-27 loss to the Tennessee Titans in Week 3, but he didn’t walk out clean.
Baldwin left the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game with a groin injury and did not return. Following the loss, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said the Seahawks wide receiver “suffered a groin injury of some degree.”
Carroll provided an update on Baldwin’s injury on Monday on 710 ESPN Seattle’s “The Pete Carroll Show.”
“He’s sore,” Carroll told radio hosts Brock Huard and Mike Salk. “We’ll check up on him in the next couple of days and find out where they are. But he couldn’t finish. He had a fantastic football game, going 10 catches and the rest. Unfortunately, he couldn’t finish.”
While Carroll did not elaborate on Baldwin’s prognosis moving forward, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported earlier on Monday that the veteran wide receiver is expected to undergo an MRI on the groin injury.
Baldwin was quick to dismiss questions about his injury following the Seahawks loss, saying he hoped he could play during Week 4.
Prior to the wideout’s departure in the fourth quarter, Baldwin caught a 36-yard pass in the second quarter and finished the drive with a four-yard touchdown reception. In the second half, Baldwin continued to make moves, catching six passes for 50 yards.
There are no additional details regarding the severity of Baldwin’s groin injury at this time. But it sounds like the Seahawks wide receiver may have avoided a serious injury.