Doug Baldwin to be game-time decision, plans to play against Colts

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Seattle Seahawks v Tennessee Titans

RENTON -- Seahawks wide receiver plans on playing Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts.

Officially, he's questionable.

Baldwin sustained a groin injury in last week's game against the Tennessee Titans. He missed most of the fourth quarter due to the injury.

"That is the plan," Baldwin said. "I feel good but we still have a couple days left. Even though it's been three days, it's been a very long process to get to this point, so still working through it.

"It's a very sensitive injury. You don't want to overdo it during the week because you could re-aggravate it or potentially make it worse. But then also having the right mindset and the right schedule to make sure that you're doing everything you can so that when it comes to Sunday it's as healthy as it can be. There's a very fine balance there that we've been trying to figure out how to do it."

Baldwin caught 10 passes for 105 yards against the Titans before he was forced to leave the game. 

"I felt it and then continued to go and then it got worse and we had to address it," Baldwin said.

He'll go through pregame warmups on Sunday before a final call is made.

"Doug made it through practice today, he did a nice job," head coach Pete Carroll said. "We've got to make sure all the way up to game time that he's feeling good enough to carry out a full game plan and all that. We're prepared if he's not able but he looked good today and he's very confident that he's got a chance."

Running back C.J. Prosise did not practice on Friday but was able to do some light running. He's still listed as doubtful to play against the Colts. He injured his ankle late in the third quarter of last week's game against the Titans.

"He ran today for the first time," Carroll said. "He's doubtful right now for good reason. It's going to be hard for him to make it."

Cornerback Neiko Thorpe is officially questionable. He missed last week's game after spraining an ankle against the San Francisco 49ers.

"He didn't look like he was going to get there yet," Carroll said. "We're still going to wait. We can wait it out and maybe he makes a turn. It's been enough time where he could make a jump here and we'll see what happens."

The Seahawks had several other players on the injury report throughout the week, including cornerback Richard Sherman, safety Earl Thomas and tight end Jimmy Graham. The rest of the team all fully participated on Friday and will play against the Colts.

Seahawks Players Start Equality and Justice Action Fund:

The players of the Seattle Seahawks have spoken for a year about wanting to have a "follow through" on their calls for action regarding their views surrounding police brutally and social inequality in America. Many players - including Michael Bennett, Doug Baldwin and Cliff Avril - have been actively involved with charitable endeavors ever since.

They looked to move that forward another step with the announcement of an action fund for equality and justice on Friday.

“In an effort to create lasting change and build a more compassionate and inclusive society, we are launching the Seahawks Players Equality & Justice for All Action Fund to support education and leadership programs addressing equality and justice. We invite you to join us in donating and taking action.” — The Players of the Seattle Seahawks

The focus on the issue reached a critical mass last week after President Donald Trump made the topic of a few players protesting during the national anthem a nationwide talking point. All 32 teams responded to the president with varying decisions about how to handle the anthem last week.

But regardless of the visceral sniping surrounding the protests themselves, the players are trying to move the conversation forward yet again.

"First, we wanted to do something actionable, we wanted to have an action item,” Baldwin said. “We’ve had a lot of requests from people outside of the building of, ‘How can I help, where can I donate, how can I do my part?’ So we wanted to give them a place to do that, but also players have an opportunity to do so as well. 

"Then secondly, we wanted to have a central, unified effort, really allowing the name to speak for itself. It started here with the Seattle Seahawks players, the organization itself, and all the funds go to important programs for equality and justice, and it’s an action fund to put things into action. I thought it was really comprehensive, and a very collaborative effort on the part of a lot of guys in the locker room."

Baldwin said these ideas have been in the works for much of the last year, ever since Colin Kaepernick first started protesting during the national anthem with the San Francisco 49ers last season. He said they have the support of the organization behind them and ultimately intend to widen the scope to include players and teams from across the league.

"There are several different programs right now that we are looking at right now, that we are vetting," Baldwin said. "A couple of them specifically pertain to education in schools, in public school systems. and then there’s a couple of programs that, you know, we’ve been doing this, I’ve been working on this for about a year and a half now, and one of the first things we came to was, here, particularly in the state of Washington, they need more money. Law enforcement needs more money for the training change that is taking place and so you know that was one of the things that’s on the docket that we’re going to look into. 

"Then there’s several that Michael Bennett has brought to light that we want to actually explore as well, so there’s a there’s a lot of organizations and causes that we want to help and support in any way that we can."

The link to contribute to the players' effort is Seahawks.com/ActionFund

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Photo Credit: NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 24:  Wide Receiver Doug Baldwin #89 of  the Seattle Seahawks runs the ball against Corner Back Adoree' Jackson   #25 of the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on September 24, 2017 in  Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

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