Thursday in Hawkville: Baldwin a full participant in practice

A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Nov. 1:


Doug Baldwin

Doug Baldwin

Doug Baldwin. Last year’s leading receiver got a high ankle sprain 15 days ago in the game against the 49ers in San Francisco. A high ankle sprain usually means a players will be sidelined at least a month. But Baldwin already is running routes in practice, and saying he will be ready to play in Sunday’s game against the Vikings at CenturyLink Field.

Shouldn’t he still be hobbling around, and counting the weeks before he can return?

“For most people, yeah, but I like to consider myself not most people,” Baldwin said today between the team’s walkthrough and practice.

Coach Pete Carroll continues to list Baldwin’s status for Sunday as “wait and see.”

Asked if he was counting on being in uniform against the Vikings, Baldwin said, “Yeah, definitely. I’m showing them that I’m capable of being out there running around and cutting.”

Getting Baldwin back under any circumstances would be a boost for the still-growing passing game. But it would be huge this week, with the status of Braylon Edwards in question because of a knee situation and Ben Obomanu being placed on injured reserve after damaging his wrist in Sunday’s loss to the Lions in Detroit.

“It’s the game of life, the game of football,” Baldwin said. “Things happen. People go down, unfortunately. Nobody wants to be injured, but that’s just the way it happens sometimes.”


Zach Miller

Zach Miller

Yesterday, tight end Zach Miller rated the laid-out, tip-the-ball-to-himself, control-the-ball-as-he-was-falling-in-the-end-zone touchdown catch he made against the Lions on Sunday as the best of his 267 receptions in the NFL.

Today, rookie QB Russell Wilson, who threw the ball, said it was the best catch anyone has ever made on one of his passes. Wilson has thrown only 210 passes in the Seahawks’ first eight games, but he’s also talking Wisconsin, where he put the ball up 309 times last season; and North Carolina State, where he threw 1,180 passes in three seasons as the starter.

“I’ve had some big catches in my lifetime, but that may be definitely No. 1,” Wilson said. “That was a pretty impressive catch; a catch that we needed at a specific time. Zach made a huge, huge catch there.

“It’s Miller time.”


Percy Harvin

Percy Harvin (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Percy Harvin. The name is Percy, but it could be Waldo – as in Where’s Waldo? The Vikings’ do-it-all receiver/returner/runner is, well, doing just that. And you never know where you might find him before the Vikings actually snap the ball.

“He’s a running back at times in their system,” Carroll said, pointing out that half of the times QB Christian Ponder has targeted Harvin it has been behind the line of scrimmage. “They know that he’s a great athlete, a great player and can produce. They figured out ways to get him the football. I think they’re well ahead of what they were last year at this time.

“He’s so good you just have to showcase him, and that’s what they’re doing.”

Harvin leads the Vikings in receptions (60), receiving yards (667) and kickoff return average (35.7), shares the lead in touchdowns (five) and is fourth in rushing (72 yards on 18 carries). What, no sacks or pass attempts?


The official report, as issued by the team:

Did not practice

WR Braylon Edwards (knee)

DT Jason Jones (ankle)

DL Greg Scruggs (oblique)

Limited in practice

CB Byron Maxwell (hamstring)

Full participation

RB Marshawn Lynch (back)

WR Doug Baldwin (ankle)

OG John Moffitt (knee)

Scruggs was added to the report today, while Baldwin and Moffitt took part in all phases of practice after being limited on Wednesday.

For the Vikings:

Did not practice

TE John Carlson (concussion)

WR Percy Harvin (hamstring/not injury related)

Limited in practice

RB Adrian Peterson (ankle)

S Mistral Raymond (ankle)

CB Antoine Winfield (knee)

Full participation

DT Fred Evans (knee)

DT Letroy Guion (ribs)

LB Erin Henderson (elbow)

P Chris Kluwe (left knee)

QB Christian Ponder (knee)


As mentioned above, Harvin has been here, there and seemingly everywhere for the Vikings in their first eight games. Here’s a look at where he shows up among the league leaders in his variety of categories:


Player, team                       No.

Percy Harvin, Vikings        60

Wes Welker, Patriots        60

Reggie Wayne, Colts         54

Victor Cruz, Giants            52

Jason Witten, Cowboys    51

Receiving yards

Player, team                                Yards

Reggie Wayne, Colts                   757

Wes Welker, Patriots                 736

Demaryius Thomas, Broncos    679

Brandon Marshall, Bears           675

Percy Harvin, Vikings                  667

First downs

Player, team                                  No.

Stefan Ridley, Patriots                 49

Willis McGahee, Browns             44

Frank Gore, 49ers                         42

Percy Harvin, Vikings                   41

Kickoff return average

Player, team                               Avg.

Jacoby Jones, Ravens                39.4

Percy Harvin, Vikings                35.7

Leodis McKelvin, Bills                32.0

Joe Cribbs, Browns                    30.3

Leon Washington, Seahawks   29.8


“Turnover Thursday” gives way to “No Repeat Friday” as the players will hold their final full practice before Sunday’s game.

And speaking of Sunday’s game, this week marks the Seahawks’ annual Tackle Hunger drive, so fans are asked to bring nonperishable food or cash donations that will benefit Northwest Harvest. The American Red Cross also will have volunteers at the game collecting cash donations to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.


“He’s an angry runner. I think if you went and watched the tape that’s what you would look at. Every one of them, he looks like he’s trying to break for a long one. He’s very similar to Marshawn (Lynch). That type of angry runner.” – Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley on the Vikings’ Adrian Peterson, the NFL’s leading rusher – by 18 yards over Lynch

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