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Doug Baldwin injury update: Seahawks top WR likely to miss most of preseason

NFL: Seattle Seahawks-Minicamp Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin has missed just two regular season games in his career, both back in 2012, and as of now there’s no known concern of him missing the start of 2018. However, a knee injury could force Baldwin out of this year’s preseason according to reports.

The origin of Baldwin’s injury remains a mystery, even according to his doctors apparently. He’s been ordered to rest and then he’ll get another evaluation later in the month.

Baldwin has been the Seahawks leading receiver in each of the last four seasons, including tying for the NFL lead in touchdowns (14) in 2015. In that time, he’s tied for eighth in total receptions (313) with Odell Beckham Jr and is one of just six players with at least 250 receptions and 9 yards per target, along with: Julio Jones, Antonio Brown, Travis Kelce, T.Y. Hilton, and Brandin Cooks.

Seattle is going to be relying even more heavily on Baldwin this season following the departures of Paul Richardson and Jimmy Graham in free agency. The Seahawks have a lot of competition at the position for depth, with Baldwin and Tyler Lockett as two of three expected starters. Brandon Marshall, Jaron Brown, Marcus Johnson, Amara Darboh, and David Moore are among the others competing for playing time at receiver.

Baldwin was questionable with a groin injury in Week 4 of last season, which was the only time he showed up on the injury report.