The last nine months have been a nightmare for Doug Baldwin.
- He missed nearly all of the 2018 preseason recovering from a knee condition requiring "special treatments."
- He suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain in Week 1 and missed Week 2 and 3.
- He was limited in practice with knee pain through Week 9.
- He was listed on the injury report with hip and groin ailments from Week 10 through Week 16 and was unable to play in Week 14.
- He was listed on the injury report with a shoulder condition in Week 17.
- He underwent knee and shoulder surgeries before the end of February.
- He underwent core muscle surgery (a.k.a. sports hernia repair) in early April.
In March, Baldwin referred to his 2018 season as "absolute hell" and told reporters he was "on the downside of his career." But there seemed little immediate concern for Baldwin's playing career at the time. In late February, Pete Carroll told reporters Baldwin was rehabbing from shoulder and knee surgery and should be fine for the season. Baldwin told reporters his knee was pain-free by November and returned to put up 11 catches for 203 yards and three touchdowns in the two weeks following his Week 14 absence.
Now, multiple national media writers are reporting Baldwin may choose to retire rather than return to play in 2019.
What do we know about Baldwin's procedures? Is retirement a serious consideration?
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