At the Scouting Combine, Pete Carroll told reporters that Doug Baldwin had undergone surgery on his shoulder and knee, following injuries suffered during the regular season. On KJR on Wednesday afternoon, Baldwin said he has “more surgeries on the way, most likely.”
NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo followed up with the details of Baldwin’s upcoming surgery, reporting it was for a possible sports hernia, and that the surgery is set for early April in Philadelphia.
He’s slated to see William Meyers in Philly soon re: a possible sports hernia, according to a source. Early April is what I was told. https://t.co/SzYdQmYgTs— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 20, 2019
Three surgeries in an offseason isn’t great news for any player, and certainly not for a player who will be 31 years old before October. Baldwin battled through injury throughout the 2018 season, but came on strong towards the end, recording his only 100-yard performance in Week 16.
A timeline for Baldwin’s recovery should be expected after the surgery, but Dr. David Chao—Pro Football Doc on Twitter—has previously stated sports hernia surgery results in a 6-8 week recovery time. If that’s the case with Baldwin, he should be 100 percent for the start of training camp, depending the recovery time of his previous surgeries.
The Seahawks would save $6.8M towards the salary cap by moving on from Baldwin this offseason, while incurring a dead money hit of just under $6.3M. In 2020, Seattle can save $11M while taking a hit of just $3.1M.