Doug Baldwin expected to play against 49ers; Rashaad Penny out

Seattle Seahawks v Carolina Panthers

RENTON -- Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin says he will play against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Baldwin is officially listed as questionable due to a hip injury that forced him to miss Monday night's game against the Minnesota Vikings. Baldwin said the injury happened the Friday before the team's previous game against the 49ers two weeks ago.

"Yeah, I'll play," he said after practice on Friday.

The Vikings game was the third this season Baldwin has missed due to injury. He had only missed two games in his career prior to this season due to injuries, both of those games coming during his second season with Seattle in 2012.

“It’s been pretty difficult. Really difficult," Baldwin said of his year of injuries.

"I was talking to some friends the other day about it in the league and it feels like every player who is fortunate enough to play a long time in the NFL has a year like this where they can not knock the injury bug. It’s just part of the game, part of the lifestyle.”

Baldwin had an injury to his left knee in training camp that forced him to sit out much of the team's preseason work. He then injured his right knee in the season opener in Denver, sidelining him for the team's next two games against Chicago and Dallas.

Add in an elbow injury in London against the Raiders, a groin injury in recent weeks that is connected to the hip issue he currently has and it's been one thing after another for Baldwin this season.

"I just think the knee was the trigger for everything," Baldwin said.

Baldwin was limited in practice on Thursday and Friday and head coach Pete Carroll said he also believed Baldwin would be able to play against the 49ers.

"Doug did really well," Carroll said. "He practiced, made it through it today. He did fine. It looks like he’s playing."

Additional Injury Updates:

-- Running back Rashaad Penny is out due to a knee injury sustained against the Vikings on Monday.

Penny felt sore later that night and was unable to practice this week.

"It didn’t respond quickly enough to get back for this week, so we’re going to leave him so he can get treated over the weekend," Carroll said.

Penny had an MRI to determine the extent of the issue earlier in the week and there is no concern as of yet that surgery is necessary to address the matter.

"There’s nothing that needs to be done right now as far as surgery or anything like that," Carroll said.

"He was going to work over the weekend and see if the rehab is effective. He feels pretty good, but he just couldn’t get going this week. The rest over the weekend and the stuff that they’re doing will show us something, probably by Tuesday. By the time we get to practice on Wednesday we will have a better feel."

Mike Davis and J.D. McKissic will step into bigger supporting roles for Chris Carson this week with Penny sidelined. McKissic has played sparingly the last two weeks on offense after being activated off injured reserve.

“He has (had many snaps) other than special teams, he’s done really well there," Carroll said of McKissic. "He’s really raring to go. He looks terrific at practice. He’s at full speed and he practices so well. I don’t have any hesitation about him playing in the game. He’s got some good things to do in the game plan, so we’re excited to see him."

-- Linebacker K.J. Wright was officially ruled out and will miss his 11th game of the season due to knee injuries. Wright was limited at practice each of the last two days and was able to gets some actual reps under his belt on Friday as he works his way back.

"He got reps today, this was the most he’s had," Carroll said of Wright. "We’ll check in with him in the morning to see how he recovers and comes back from that. It’s really important how he recovers. We’re going to leave him home so that he can really work hard on it so next week he can have a chance to practice on Wednesday and we’ll just take it one day at a time and see how he goes. He’s optimistic about it and we are, but we really won’t know until the end of next week where he is."

-- Safety Maurice Alexander was ruled out due to a concussion and guard D.J. Fluker is doubtful for a second straight week due to a hamstring injury.

-- Baldwin, defensive tackle Jarran Reed (oblique) and safety Bradley McDougald (knee) are all listed as questionable, though all three are expected to play.

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 25:  Doug Baldwin #89 of the Seattle Seahawks makes a catch against Captain Munnerlyn #41 of the Carolina Panthers during the first half of their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 25, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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