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2018 Schedule
8-5, 2nd in NFC West
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23hBrady Henderson

WR Baldwin: Injury-filled year was inevitable

Doug Baldwin said he expects to face the 49ers on Sunday despite a hip injury, the latest hurdle in a frustrating season that had Baldwin acknowledging he's on the "downside" of his career.

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Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and receiver Doug Baldwin both said Baldwin is expected to play Sunday at San Francisco. He's listed as questionable because of what the team calls a hip injury. It kept him out of practice Wednesday and limited him the past two days. Baldwin has also dealt with injuries to both knees, his groin and elbow since the start of training camp. Baldwin said a season like this was inevitable after playing in 89 consecutive games: "It feels like every player who's fortunate enough to play a long time in the NFL has a year like this where they just, they cannot knock the injury bug. It's just part of the game, part of the lifestyle." Carroll said safety Bradley McDougald and defensive tackle Jarran Reed will play despite their questionable status.

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The Seahawks have ruled out running back Rashaad Penny (knee) for Sunday's game at San Francisco. He played Monday night after being listed as questionable then didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday. Also out are linebacker K.J. Wright (knee) and safety Maurice Alexander (concussion). Right guard D.J. Fluker (hamstring) is doubtful. Receiver Doug Baldwin (hip), defensive tackle Jarran Reed (oblique) and safety Bradley McDougald (knee) are listed as questionable. Defensive end Frank Clark (elbow) isn't listed, which means he's expected to play.

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During his weekly appearance on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM in Seattle, Pete Carroll sounded encouraged about Doug Baldwin's progress from the groin injury that kept him out Monday night. But Carroll remained noncommittal about his status for Sunday's game at San Francisco. In an interview that aired Friday, Carroll said: "Doug practiced late in the week and if everything goes well all the way up to game time, he has a good chance to play." Carroll said K.J. Wright (knee) has a chance to be back for next week's game against Kansas City: "K.J.'s not quite ready yet but he's going to go for it next week. We'll see what that means. He's practicing this week and got through it and feels great, so there's a chance for him to return."

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Receiver Doug Baldwin's chances of playing Sunday at San Francisco look better now that he's returned to practice. Baldwin was limited Thursday after sitting out Wednesday -- same with safety Bradley McDougald, defensive end Dion Jordan and even linebacker K.J. Wright (who isn't expected to play this week). The bad news: Frank Clark and Jarran Reed, Seattle's two best defensive linemen, went from limited to DNP. Running back Rashaad Penny didn't practice for the second straight day. Clark hadn't been listed with an elbow injury since Week 2, so that appears to be a new injury.

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2dNick Wagoner

Sherman unfazed by Clark's 'era is over' talk

49ers cornerback Richard Sherman said Thursday that he wasn't bothered by Frank Clark's comments that his "era was over" in Seattle. "The era was over in my mind. Obviously. I'm here," he said.

Seahawks' run game will be enough to beat 49ers (0:59)

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While they were teammates, Richard Sherman would stump for Pro Bowl votes for Bobby Wagner because Wagner tended to get overlooked among the Seahawks' other defensive standouts. Sherman still believes Wagner is underrated. "I mean, Bobby Wagner has been the best linebacker in football ... for at least five years and I don't think he ever gets enough credit," Sherman said, via ESPN's Nick Wagoner. "I don't think Bobby gets enough credit. There have been years he probably should have won defensive player of the year and of course he was first-team All Pro and all that but I think when [Luke Kuechly won it in 2013], Bobby had almost identical stats to him a few years ago and just didn't even get a look. I think he came in like sixth in the voting. That's not a knock on anybody else but people aren't seeing him the same. They're almost spoiled by his production and last week, he's impacted the game in so many ways. He's blocking field goals. He returned a pick 98 yards – he looked kind of fat and he didn't have a neck when he did it but whatever, that's a different story for a different day. But the kinds of plays he's making, he had a forced fumble, fumble recovery in the game, a sack, the guy is just all over the field. He makes a ton of tackles and just, you have never seen a guy get first-team All Pro and still be underrated. If you talk about the top five, 10 players in this league, I would expect him to be up there."

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Bradley McDougald has had an excellent season as Kam Chancellor's replacement at strong safety and as the elder statesman of the Seahawks' rebuilt secondary. He told the younger players the same thing Chancellor told him: "Be you. You don't have to be anybody (else)."

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Russell Wilson on Doug Baldwin's importance to the Seahawks' offense: "You always want Doug in because he's one of the best receivers in the game."

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Following up on Doug Baldwin's apparently-iffy status as of now for Sunday's game at San Francisco. He's missed three and a half games this season. The table shows Russell Wilson's 2018 passing numbers with and without Baldwin on the field.

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The Seahawks' practice report for Wednesday paints the picture of a team that just played a Monday night game in December. It lists nine players as not practicing and three more as limited. Doug Baldwin, who missed the Vikings game, is among those who didn't participate. Pete Carroll described him as day-to-day, so his status for the 49ers rematch in Santa Clara is uncertain. Said Carroll of Baldwin: "We'll just go one day at a time with Doug and never expecting anything other than he may pull off another one of these miracles to get back and play. His mind is set on doing that. We'll see how he makes it through the week."

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The Seahawks (8-5) can clinch a wild-card berth with a win over San Francisco on Sunday. Said Bobby Wagner about the low outside expectations that followed all the key offseason departures: "Everybody was so focused on comparing the team to what we had and they were forgetting what we still had."

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Asked again about his controversial blocked field goal against the Vikings, Bobby Wagner said that while his hands touched teammates as he jumped over the line, he didn't push off or gain any elevation by doing that. "At the end of the day, it counted. I'm gonna take it."

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While talking about linebacker Mychal Kendricks heading to IR on Wednesday, Pete Carroll said: "He wants to be part of this thing so badly, but he doesn't get to this time around. We'll look forward to getting him back next time and keep him with us." That sounds like a strong indication of a desire to re-sign Kendricks, who will be a free agent at season's end. It may also be an indication that the Seahawks don't think Kendricks will have to spend much time, if any, in prison over his insider trading charges. He's to be sentenced in January.

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Are the Vikings Over-reacting?

Tony Reali and the national panel debate if the Vikings should have fired OC DeFilippo one day after the loss to Seattle, if Wagner's controversial FG block was illegal, if Giannis avoiding off-season workouts with the NBA elite is smart and much more.

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5dKevin Seifert

Refs void flag on Seattle's apparent illegal block

An apparent good call by game officials in the Seahawks' 21-7 win over the Vikings on a Seattle block of a field goal in the fourth quarter was reversed -- with no prompt explanation.

Team Stats

Passing Yards193.3
Rushing Yards153.8
Points For26.2
Points Against20.5