Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin declared himself ready to return for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals after missing consecutive games due to a right knee injury.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll made it official.
“I’m excited to tell you Doug Baldwin is going to play in this game,” Carroll said Friday after practice.
“He had a great week, he looked terrific. He’s just raring to go as much as anybody could, so we’re really excited to have him back out there. He’s a big part of our club and he means a lot to us, so that’ll be great to see him out here.”
Baldwin sprained the medial collateral ligament in the season opener against the Denver Broncos. He practiced this week in hopes of being cleared by team doctors.
“Again, that’s going to be their call,” Baldwin told reporters Thursday. “There’s a lot of things that go into it, obviously the precautionary reasons of making sure that I’m healthy fully, so that I can go for the rest of the season, not just this game. And I get that.
“But as a competitor and somebody that hasn’t missed games that often, who had an 89-game streak, I feel like I know my body pretty well, so I feel like I’m ready to go.”
It hasn’t been an easy time for the 30-year-old Baldwin. He also missed a month of training camp after an injury to his left knee.
Just as that knee got healthy, Baldwin hurt the right knee in the first half of the opener against the Broncos.
Baldwin caught 29 touchdown passes over the past three seasons. He fell 9 yards shy of his third straight 1,000-yard season last year.
He has 443 career receptions for 5,945 yards and 44 touchdowns since beginning his NFL career with the Seahawks in 2011.
–Field Level Media