Baldwin (knee/shoulder/groin) is seriously contemplating his future in the NFL due to the cumulative effect of multiple injuries, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Baldwin has undergone three surgeries this offseason for multiple nagging injuries. His most recent, on a sports hernia, led to an estimated recovery timeline of 6-to-8 weeks. It appears the plethora of obstacles he has faced may be enough to keep him sidelined permanently. The Seahawks only added fuel to that speculation by drafting D.K. Metcalf in the second round of the NFL Draft. The 30-year-old receiver has spent all eight seasons of his career in Seattle and accumulated 6,563 yards and 49 touchdowns in the process. Obviously, there is plenty of time before the season starts for him him to make up his mind, but the Seahawks appear to be preparing for other options.
GM John Schneider wouldn't give a timeline for Baldwin's (knee/shoulder/groin) return to the field, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports. "That's a process we are still working through," Schneider said. "He is recovering from that right now and we will see where it goes. ... He's a tough guy, though."
Baldwin has endured a trio of surgeries this offseason, the most recent one on a sports hernia on April 4. Prior to that procedure, coach Pete Carroll mentioned a recovery in the vicinity of 6-to-8 weeks, but it appears the Seahawks will exercise caution after all. With OTAs and mandatory minicamp on the docket in late May and early June, Baldwin may not get much on-field work at the Seahawks facility before training camp kicks off in late July. No matter, his health is of utmost important as newly-minted Russell Wilson's No. 1 option in the passing attack, so expect Baldwin to return when back to full health.
Coach Pete Carroll said Baldwin (knee/shoulder) will require "6-to-8 weeks" to recover from his upcoming sports hernia surgery, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports.
Baldwin has spent this offseason in recovery mode from separate procedures on his knee and shoulder, the former of which plagued him since the start of training camp last July. His groin also was a bother during the past campaign, but he staved off the discomfort enough to put up 50 catches (on 73 targets) for 618 yards and five touchdowns in 13 appearances. Once he undergoes surgery again April 4, Baldwin realistically could make an appearance during the Seahawks' offseason program in late May or early June. That said, the powers that be would be wise to hold out the 30-year-old until training camp with his health in mind.
Baldwin (knee/shoulder/groin) is scheduled for sports hernia surgery in April, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.
Baldwin needed some time to recover from knee and shoulder surgeries earlier this offseason before he determined if he would need work on his groin/abdomen area. It's a safe bet he'll miss the Seahawks' entire offseason program, with no assurance of being ready for the start of training camp in late July. The typical recovery from sports hernia surgery would give Baldwin plenty of time to get healthy before Week 1, but the issues with his shoulder and knee may complicate the rehab process, as he presumably hasn't been able to do much physical activity since the Seahawks were eliminated from the playoffs. The 30-year-old wideout will have a lot of work to do on his strength and conditioning before he's ready to step foot on a practice field.
Baldwin (knee, shoulder, groin) may need surgery for a sports hernia in early April, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Already recovering from knee and shoulder surgeries, Baldwin revealed Wednesday that he expects to have another procedure this offseason, per Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle. He can probably be ruled out for OTAs and June minicamp, with availability for the start of training camp in late July far from a guarantee. A knee injury cost Baldwin three games in 2018, marking his first absences since 2012 amidst his second-worst season for receptions (50) and yards (618). The 30-year-old wide receiver makes for a reasonable bounce-back candidate in the third season of a four-year, $46 million contract, but it's worrisome that his offseason will be devoted to recovery and rehab.
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