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Doug Baldwin injury update: MCL sprain, potentially minor issue

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Update: Doug Baldwin has an MCL sprain in his knee, the one that was healthy prior to kickoff. While his sounds bad, resident twitter doc David Chao says it is good news:

While Baldwin will likely require veteran rest for those issues, the fortunate thing was the new injury he suffered Sunday was to his right knee. And that will likely only keep him out a week — at most.

While blocking in the first quarter, Baldwin had his right knee rolled up on. The good news was his foot was not completely planted when it happened.

He was examined, returned but exited in the second half.

By video, he has a mild MCL sprain. He should not need surgery and will almost certainly return soon, possibly even next week.

There is a mix of good news and bad news that Sunday’s injury was to his opposite knee. The good news, obviously, is that he did not make his left knee worse. The bad news is he now has no good knee to rely on.

Once this injury heals, expect Baldwin to return to normal production.


The Seattle Seahawks have their first injury concern of the regular season. Doug Baldwin, having missed all of the team’s preseason with a knee injury, left the game in the first half of the Seahawks’ Week 1 matchup against the Denver Broncos.

After initially going down, Baldwin did return for a handful of snaps, before departing again. He was officially ruled out soon after the second half began.

As The News Tribune’s Gregg Bell points out, the knee injury Baldwin suffered against the Broncos was not on the same knee that kept him out throughout August.

Information may still be limited, but expect Pete Carroll to provide an update on Baldwin’s health following the conclusion of Broncos-Seahawks.