Saturday in Hawkville: Baldwin questionable for Monday night

A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Sept. 22:

FOCUS ON

Doug Baldwin. The Seahawks’ leading receiver last season did not participate in today’s practice that was held in the indoor practice facility and is listed as questionable for Monday night’s game against the Packers at CenturyLink Field because of the shoulder he injured in practice on Thursday.

The questionable designation on the official injury report means there is a 50-50 chance that Baldwin will play.

But after practice, coach Pete Carroll said, “He banged his shoulder during the week and we don’t know yet. He thinks he can get right. We’ll have to wait and see all the way to game time.”

Baldwin was playing catch on the sideline during the early part of practice and does think he can play.

“I feel like I’ll be able to (play),” Baldwin said. “It’s going to come down to a numbers game, though. Who they feel like is the best 45 to go in the game. So unfortunately, I’m waiting. I feel really good. I’m leaps and bounds above what they thought it was going to be. So I’m just waiting to hear the word.”

THE FLYNN FACTOR

The Seahawks wrapped up their last full practice with Matt Flynn providing another excellent “look” for the defense while portraying Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. Flynn was Rodgers’ backup in Green Bay the past four seasons before signing with the Seahawks in free agency.

“Matt had a particularly good week,” Carroll said. “Of course he has familiarity with the offense, so he ran all the service team for us and was really impressive. He gave us as good a look as we could possibly hope for. Really, he did a great job.”

Carroll also was pleased with the velocity Flynn had on his passes, after being limited at times the past month because of tendinitis in his right elbow.

“Just to get him back on the field gunning the ball around was great to see,” Carroll said. “He really had a sharp week. He really physically, finally, looks like he’s back to normal.”

INJURY REPORT

The official end-of-the-week status report, as released by the team:

Out

CB Byron Maxwell (hamstring)

Questionable

WR Doug Baldwin (shoulder)

Probable

WR Charly Martin (chest)

OT Russell Okung (knee)

TE Zach Miller (foot)

RB Marshawn Lynch (back)

WR Sidney Rice (rest)

Rice did not practice, but Carroll said it was just to give him a day off and he is expected to play against the Packers.

Offensive guard James Carpenter will not play this week, Carroll said, but looked good enough in practice that he could be a consideration next week to see his first game action since getting a season-ending knee injury last November.

For the Packers

Out

LB Jamari Lattimore (ankle)

Doubtful

CB Davon House (shoulder)

Questionable

TE Tom Crabtree (shoulder)

WR Greg Jennings (groin)

S Sean Richardson (hamstring)

RB James Starks (toe)

DE C.J. Wilson (groin)

Probable

WR Randall Cobb (hamstring)

LB Terrell Manning (concussion)

LB Nick Perry (wrist)

OG Josh Sitton (knee)

HEY, AREN’T YOU?

Watching practice from the sideline were the Hall of Fame duo of Cortez Kennedy and Warren Moon, who handles the analysis for radio broadcasts of Seahawks’ games; and Jon Gruden, a Super Bowl-winning coach with the Buccaneers and now the analyst for “Monday Night Football.”

A FIELD FOR ALL REASONS

The Sounders’ match against San Jose tonight will be the first of four games in a one-week period at CenturyLink Field. After the Seahawks play the Packers on Monday night, the University of Washington will host Stanford on Thursday night and then Washington State will play Oregon next Saturday in Pac-12 games.

It will make for the busiest stretch since the stadium opened in 2002, and presents general manager Adam Link and his staff with an unprecedented task.

“It’s exciting,” Link said. “I would guarantee there is no other stadium in this country that is doing anything like what we’re doing in that seven-day span.

“It’s an exciting, exciting time and we’ve been looking forward to it since the schedules came out. This is our time to shine.”

The four games are expected to crowds that will total 223,000 fans, who are in turn expected to consume 6,500 gallons of Coke products, 5,000 pounds of hotdogs and 16,000 gallons of beer.

During the changeovers on the field, 160 gallons of paints and 250 gallons of eraser will be used.

UP NEXT

The players will have a walkthrough on Sunday morning, and then revert to preseason mode because kickoff on Monday is not until 5:30 p.m.

“We’ll get a good day of rest on Monday and get a little bit of a break,” Carroll said.

Following an off day on Tuesday, the players will return to begin preparing for their game next Sunday in St. Louis against the Rams – the first four road games in a five-week stretch.

YOU DON’T SAY

“I think it would be wrong to not acknowledge it’s ‘Monday Night Football,’ because everyone of us grew up watching ‘Monday Night Football.’ It’s something special. It’s a special night each week in the league that everybody loves. Just because the rest of the league has played, they’re done and you’re the last ones up. Everybody gets to watch a football game on a school night, and that’s a cool thing. There’s something special about that that has always made it very unique. In that regard, it’s going to be fun to be a part of that. The rest of it is absolutely the same for us and we have to do everything just like we’ve done it all along. If we do anything different, then we’ll set ourselves up to make mistakes.” – Carroll on the possible distractions that can come from playing on Monday night.


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