Should Seahawks be worried about Doug Baldwin’s injury?

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 03: Wide receiver Doug Baldwin (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 03: Wide receiver Doug Baldwin (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images) /

Seahawks training camp news is always interesting. But Doug Baldwin’s knee issue is not a happy one. How bad is it?

I am going to be real with you for a second, Seahawks fans. Doug Baldwin‘s knee injury is something I am ok with. Because it is August 1st. We have over a month before the first real games happen.

Does Baldwin need reps with quarterback Russell Wilson to make him a much better player? Not really. The receiver does need some level of re-establishment involving receiver and passer. But not much.

But what exactly is going on with Baldwin‘s knee? Seahawks fans are so used to Baldwin playing every game and not being too banged up to produce. He hasn’t missed any games since 2012. (That last statistics sounds so ridiculous I actually had to re-check it while I was writing the sentence.) Since 2013, Baldwin has caught 37 touchdown passes and amassed 4,791 yards receiving.

Pete Carroll said, according to ESPN

"He came into camp a little bit off and we just want to make sure that we take care of him. We know exactly what’s going on. He’s doing some special treatments to make sure that we’re taking care of him, and we want to bring him back into shape so we can really get him ready for the long haul."

Carroll also said that Baldwin has “a little bit of a problem.” Carroll tends to be overly optimistic about life in general. It would be easy to think that Baldwin has a much bigger issue. But it could also be that Baldwin simply doesn’t need to play early in the preseason. He will turn 30 years old in September and has built a long-term rapport with Wilson. The two don’t need the reps at this point.

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Baldwin’s injury also means players like Amara Darboh, David Moore and Damore’ea Stringfellow have a chance to make the team if they can impress in camp. Or veterans like Brandon Marshall and Jaron Brown can take some reps that Baldwin would normally get and show Seattle’s staff what they can do. Baldwin’s injury could be a positive if another receiver can earn their way onto the roster and make an impact in 2018.