Seahawks camp notes: Doug Baldwin exits early with injury
RENTON -- Doug Baldwin left day 10 of Seahawks training camp early with what appeared to be a leg injury suffered during a team period Thursday morning.
Baldwin hauled in a sideline pass from Russell Wilson and landed awkwardly after being dragged down by linebacker K.J. Wright. When Baldwin didn't immediately rise to his feet, teammates and trainers gathered around the receiver on sideline, momentarily halting practice.
After being tended to for a few moments, Baldwin was helped to his feet and practice resumed. He then walked to the training room flanked by trainers, as Richard Sherman sprinted over to join him entering the team facility.
There has been no official word from Seattle on the nature of Baldwin's injury.
After practice Wilson said it's always "nerve-racking" to see a teammate go down, but he's confident Baldwin will be OK.
"I'm going to go check on him inside. I'm sure he's fine," Wilson said. "He's tough as it gets. Doug will be back."
Prior to Baldwin's early exit the same crop of non-participants were again inactive Thursday for Seattle: CB Jeremy Lane (soft tissue), DE Marcus Smith (soft tissue), rookie strong safety Delano Hill (soft tissue), LB D.J. Alexander (knee) and WR Kasen Williams (lower leg).
Added to that list for the first time Thursday was tight end Luke Willson. There hasn't been any official word on his status, either.
Some other notes from Seahawks camp:
- J.D. McKissic continues to be effective as receiver, Thursday burning past defensive backs Pierre Desir and Tedric Thompson to catch a 10-yard touchdown pass from Wilson. The second-year pro, also a talented return man, is competing for a spot on the 53-man roster and has made a strong case thus far.
"J.D. has been special," Wilson said. "His work ethic, first of all, it starts with that. I think that with J.D. he's super fast, super talented, can catch the ball really well, runs the ball really hard, too. He's quick, he's explosive and I think he'll be a good addition to our football team. We're excited to see him play this preseason and see what he can do."
- As rookie Shaquill Griffin's time with the starting defense continues, so do the praises from his teammates. Wilson repeatedly highlighted the cornerback's footwork, hands and speed, all of which were on full display when he returned a Wilson pass for a touchdown Wednesday.
"You didn't have to remind me," Wilson said, laughing, when asked about the play Thursday.
Wilson got a bit of revenge Thursday, firing a deep sideline pass to rookie Amara Darboh, who had a step on Griffin. A few plays later, receiver Jamel Johnson slipped by Griffin as well, but couldn't haul in the deep ball from Wilson.
"We're excited," Wilson said of Griffin's play. "He's not going to face too many better receivers than the guys we have."
- Rookies Chris Carson and Tyrone Swoopes ended the day with the touchdowns on the ground and through the air, respectively. The latter made an impressive diving catch in the corner of end zone from Trevone Boykin, perhaps the most impressive play of the day, coming from a player hoping to make the team at a relatively unfamiliar position.
"To go from playing quarterback to receiver, that's a big deal," Wilson said of the former University of Texas star playing tight end in Seattle.
"I don't think people really understand how difficult that is athletically," he said. "Quarterback is an extremely tough position physically, mentally and everything else, but to go play tight end, block these defensive ends that we
have, and try to do what he's doing ... that's true talent. Swoopes definitely has that."
- One personnel move Thursday: Seahawks waived linebacker Ronald Powell with an injury designation and signed LB Christian French.