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Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin could miss all of preseason with knee injury

Doug Baldwin, Seahawks

Training camp is well underway around the NFL that has seen several prominent players already suffer some significant injuries in the first week.

Among those is Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin dealing with a knee injury that Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting could keep him on the sidelines through the entire preseason this month.

There is currently no clarity as to when Baldwin suffered the injury in training camp, but he is expected to be back on the field in time for the start of the regular season. There is no rush given the importance that he plays to the offense as the top receiving option in the passing game over the last few seasons. His role is expected to increase even further with the departure of Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham.

The addition of veteran wideout Brandon Marshall will help bring some much-needed stability to the passing game and could receiving option that quarterback Russell Wilson leans on if Baldwin misses any time. Despite coming off his own serious shoulder injury, Marshall is a proven commodity over his career an effective red zone threat that could step in as the No. 1 wide receiver if needed at this point of his career.

Baldwin did experience a slight drop off in production last season recording 75 catches for 991 receiving yards and eight touchdowns, but it did mark his third straight campaign with at least 75 catches and 950-plus receiving yards that helped him earn his second straight Pro Bowl selection. It had also marked the fifth time in his first seven seasons that he has led the Seahawks in receiving yards.

Seattle will likely continue to monitor this situation moving forward to see where he is at physically over the next couple of weeks. The target date may be to be back on the field by the season opener on Sept. 9 against the Denver Broncos, but this is still a fluid situation