by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - The Seahawks may be looking for wide receiver help this week as Seattle emerged from a 28-24 loss to the Detroit Lions a little banged up.
WR Doug Baldwin was already dealing with a high-ankle sprain and didn't make the trip to Detroit. WR Braylon Edwards had his knee swell up Sunday morning and was unable to play against the Lions. He's getting an MRI on his knee Monday and he status is still uncertain.
Then WR Golden Tate tweaked an ankle and WR Ben Obomanu suffered a sprained wrist during the game and Seattle is left with just two healthy receivers in WR Sidney Rice and WR Charly Martin. Head coach Pete Carroll did say that it is expected that Tate will be fine.
Obomanu, along with FB Michael Robinson, are both seeing a specialist for their wrist injuries. Carroll said it was a "longshot" that Baldwin would be ready to play this week.
Edwards doesn't have any damage to his knee but Carroll said "he has a knee that's worn on." Carroll said he's not likely to practice early in the week but anticipates he'll be okay. That being said, Carroll believed he would be fine last week and then wasn't so they have to see how he responds.
That leaves Seattle possibly in serious need of pass catching help this week against the Minnesota Vikings.
"We've got to find out what's the deal with (Obomanu) and we're not going to know about Doug and the likelihood is not great for Doug so we're looking at our options here," Carroll said.
WR Jermaine Kearse is currently on the practice squad and could be an option for the team to add to the active roster if they are going to be light on available bodies this week.
With the trade deadline moved back to Thursday at 1 p.m. PT due to Hurricane Sandy affecting teams and the league office on the east coast, the Seahawks have an extra couple days if they would like to trade for another player.
Kansas City WR Dwayne Bowe is unhappy with his situation with the Chiefs and has asked for a trade. It doesn't seem to make sense, however, for Seattle to trade for him. Bowe is just nine weeks away from free agency and is currently making over $9 million this season with the Chiefs. It seems unlikely Seattle would trade a high draft pick to Kansas City for half a season of an expensive wide receiver with no guarantee he would remain in Seattle beyond this season. It also seems unlikely that Bowe would sign an extension with Seattle when so close to being able to hit the open market.
There are a handful of receivers that were with Seattle in training camp that could be an option. WR Terrell Owens, WR Deon Butler, WR Lavasier Tuinei, and WR Phil Bates are all free agents without jobs. WR Ricardo Lockette (San Francisco) and WR Kris Durham (Detroit) are both on practice squads and could be signed to Seattle's active roster. The most likely move would seem to be bringing Kearse up from the practice squad and bringing back a practice squad eligible receiver if the Seahawks need to find replacements for Obomanu and/or Edwards.
DT Jason Jones is also a "wait-and-see guy" with an ankle injury. G John Moffitt was held out of the game against Detroit as Carroll said he needed another week with a knee injury. Carroll said he's expected to be back this week.