Seahawks Optimistic Injured Starters Will Play Sunday

TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks are optimistic injured offensive starters Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett and Thomas Rawls will be able to play Sunday against San Francisco.

Coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday that all three have a chance of being available after suffering injuries in the Seahawks’ Week 2 loss at Los Angeles. Baldwin and Lockett suffered minor knee injuries, while Rawls has a muscle strain in his left leg. Carroll seemed most pessimistic about Rawls, whom he said would be limited in practice early in the week.

“A lot of positive things in that regard, and we’re looking forward to putting together a great week,” Carroll said.

Baldwin injured his knee when he was rolled up from behind while blocking in the first half of Seattle’s 9-3 loss. He remained in the game, but the bigger concern was about Lockett. The second-year wide receiver suffered a sprained knee in the first half and was on the sideline before surprisingly returning in the fourth quarter.

Lockett said Wednesday that he’s played with a variety of injuries in the past and had no doubt he’ll play against the 49ers.

“As long as I’m not in a coffin, I’m going to be out there playing,” Lockett said.

Rawls was injured in the first half and was limited to just seven carries against the Rams in his first start since suffering a broken ankle last December against Baltimore. Carroll said it was a muscle strain on the outside of his left leg.

“It’s a rare kind of muscle that gets affected and stuff, up his shin kind of,” Carroll said.

Carroll said quarterback Russell Wilson was ahead of where he was at this point a week ago in his recovery from a sprained right ankle suffered in the season opener. He said guard Germain Ifedi had a chance of returning this week. Ifedi sprained an ankle days before the opener.

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