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    RENTON Authentic Bradley Chubb Jersey , Wash. (AP) — For most of the past month, Doug Baldwin has been a spectator as he dealt with a sore left knee that kept him from participating in Seattle Seahawks practices.
    It may be how Baldwin and the Seahawks end up managing most of the upcoming season for Seattle’s No. 1 wide receiver.
    “I’m probably about 80-85 percent right now and the truth of the matter is it won’t be 100 percent,” Baldwin said. “It’s something I’ve got to deal with for the rest of the season.”
    At least Baldwin is back on the field and showing signs of progress. He won’t play in the preseason finale Thursday against Oakland, but the expectation is that he will be ready for the regular-season opener Sept. 9 at Denver. The month of waiting to get back into practice has been difficult for Baldwin to handle.
    “To be out this long … it was hard. It was hard emotionally. It was good to be back out there,” he said.
    The team has offered few specifics about Baldwin’s knee. Coach Pete Carroll simply called it a sore knee. Baldwin was coy when asked if he’s undergone surgery, saying, “It depends on your definition of surgery.”
    Whatever the full extent, it’s clear the issue is something Seattle will have to manage with rest if it expects to have Baldwin for the entire season.
    “It will be something we have to manage throughout the course of the year. It will be day to day,” Baldwin said.
    Baldwin practiced two days at the start of camp before becoming a spectator and spending more time in the training room than on any field. He said the knee issue emerged during the first week of OTAs in the spring and he did not participate in the team’s mandatory minicamp in June.
    Once he realized the knee wasn’t responding as he hoped at the start of camp, it became a race to see if he could be ready for the start of the season.
    “The first two days of camp realized it wasn’t where we wanted it to be in order for me to sustain the level of play, being able to express myself athletically, that I want to,” Baldwin said. “So it was time to do something more serious.”
    Baldwin is coming off a down season by his standards. He had 75 catches, 991 yards and eight touchdowns in 2017 as Seattle’s overall offense took a step back. A year earlier, Baldwin had a career-best 94 receptions, and in 2016 he had 14 touchdown catches.
    He understands his role in Seattle’s offense may be different this year with the addition of new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and a wide receiver group that includes newcomers Brandon Marshall and Jaron Brown. Not being able to be part of training camp has made the transition to the new offense a bit tougher.
    “Obviously I would have liked to have some game reps and more practice because I am a rep guy and especially now with the new offense,” Baldwin said. “I would like to get the physical reps, especially with the quarterback trying to get that chemistry and build that rapport. I’ve been playing football since I was little. It’s really not that much different for me. I’ve been in the league now going on eight years Mike Daniels Jersey , at this point it should be like riding a bike.”
    Though Eric Wood can finally say he's retired, the now-former Buffalo Bills center is unaccustomed to discussing his career in the past tense.
    On Monday, for example, Wood was still referring to this spring as "the offseason," while attending Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly's charitable foundation golf tournament outside of Buffalo.
    "It's so funny. I find myself referring to it as the offseason and we're making travel plans that aren't slotted for just the five weeks off in the summer," Wood said, referring to the break players traditionally get between the final spring practice and the start of training camp.
    "It's different for sure," he added, while discussing his retirement for the first time since being diagnosed with a career-ending neck injury in January.
    "I feel great," Wood said, noting he's already dropped about 55 pounds from his 310-pound playing weight.
    "The body feels good. Can't play ball, which stinks. And I miss it," he added. "There's been a lot of times this spring where I've seen pictures posted and you think, 'Well, that's my team.'
    "But, it's all good."
    Wood never envisioned his playing days would end so abruptly nine seasons into his NFL career, and after signing a two-year contract extension last summer.
    Instead, team doctors ruled he would never be allowed to play again after end-of-season tests revealed Wood had two disks being dangerously close to his spinal cord. Wood received the news while he was in the delivery room with his wife Youth Dalton Schultz Jersey , and about an hour before the birth of his second child, a son.
    "It was shocking," he said, noting his first reaction was to seek a second opinion. "But ultimately there was no scenario for return to play."
    Wood revealed the severity of the injury during a news conference in January. He was not, however, allowed to say he was officially retiring due to contractual issues that could have prevented Wood from retaining his bonus money until the Bills finally released the 32-year-old on Thursday.
    He hasn't yet laid out any future plans, though Wood will always be a Bills fan after being selected by Buffalo in the first round of the 2009 draft out of Louisville.
    Wood is following the team online and in social media. He laughed over the uproar on Twitter amid reports rookie first-round draft pick Josh Allen threw an interception during practice last week.
    A respected team leader, one thing Wood will miss is mentoring younger players.
    He also expressed concern regarding good friend and former teammate Richie Incognito, who has had a tumultuous offseason. Incognito abruptly retired by posting a note on Twitter before the Bills granted his request to be released to potentially sign with another team weeks later.
    Then, Incognito spent three days in a Florida mental hospital after he allegedly threw weights and tennis balls at gym employees and another patron and told police officers the government was spying on him two weeks ago.
    "He's going through a tough time right now," Wood said. "We're praying for him, and I know he'll come out of this a good man."
    On the bright side, Wood has come to terms with how his career ended and the consolation that it happened after a season in which the Bills snapped a 17-year playoff drought. His final game was a 10-3 loss to Jacksonville in an AFC wild-card playoff on Jan. 7.
    "Yeah, that playoff berth was very sweet," Wood said. "It would've been very tough my career ending and not ever making the playoffs up here."

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