Merry Christmas to everyone.
The Seahawks finished Christmas Eve practice. They will have a later one on Christmas Day so players with children can spend the morning around the tree with them. Yes, coach Pete Carroll confirmed his boomin’ sound system that usually bumps rap music throughout practices has been mixing in holiday music, too.
Carroll even wished those literally close to him Merry Christmas following Thursday’s practice.
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As for the business at hand, Sunday’s home game against St. Louis, Carroll said the team expects white-hot wide receiver Doug Baldwin to be OK to play --though that may end up being a game-time decision. A hamstring issue has caused Baldwin to miss the last two days of practice.
The coach inferred the injury is a cumulative-effect one and not the result of a specific play or tweak.
“He’s had a lot of work lately,” Carroll said.
Baldwin is tied with Cris Carter and Calvin Johnson for an NFL record of four consecutive games of two touchdown receptions.
Carroll sounded less optimistic about left tackle Russell Okung and his strained calf, saying he will likely be questionable for the Rams game when the injury report comes out Friday. Alvin Bailey would start if Okung can’t.
The coach coyly said we will all find out Sunday if DeShawn Shead or Jeremy Lane starts at right cornerback.
"Both are ready," Carroll said.
Lane, usually the nickel back inside, replaced Shead after Shead gave up a third-down catch on the opening drive last weekend against Cleveland. Shead was coming off a sprained ankle that Carroll said is healed.
Kam Chancellor also sounds iffy at best to play Sunday. Kelcie McCray would for the second straight week if Chancellor can’t.
Here is the full practice report: