RENTON – The unveiling of Terrell Owens in a Seattle Seahawks uniform will take place on the road in the team’s second exhibition game against the Denver Broncos on Saturday.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Thursday that the 38-year-old Owens will see his first game action with the team after a productive week of practice.
Owens agreed to terms with Seattle on Aug. 6 after an impressive workout in which he ran a the 40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds,
But Carroll chose to keep Owens out of last week’s exhibition opener against Tennessee because he felt the veteran receiver was not in game condition after only a few practices.
However, Owens is in much better shape this week, putting together several highlight plays over the past two days and showing his trademark running ability after the catch.
Owens will play on an NFL field for the first time since the 2010 season, and little more than a year after having ACL knee surgery.
“I didn’t think it was fair for a guy to come in one week and play after sitting out a whole year,” Carroll said. “I watched him and talked to him some about it. He feels great, he wants to play; and I see he looks very competitive on the field. He didn’t fatigue at all any of the days so he’s ready to go.”
Owens continues to work at flanker with the second unit behind starter Sidney Rice. However, he did see a handful of snaps with the starters Thursday.
Rice, who’s recovering from surgeries on both shoulders during the offseason, was allowed to participate in the contact-portion of practice for the first time this week but will not play against the Broncos.
“He had two good weeks of work, and he came (into camp) in great shape,” Carroll said about Owens. “I’m not going to tell you how many plays it will be; we’ll see how it goes. But he’s going to play early in the game.”
One person eager to see Owens’ debut is quarterback Matt Flynn, who has been on the throwing end of several completions to the five-time Pro Bowl selection during training camp.
“He can add a lot of talent, experience, size and speed,” Flynn said. “Just pretty much every other positive word you can come up with for a wide receiver. He’s done a very nice job. He’s a big-time threat and he’s fast, and looks like he hasn’t lost a step and like he’s gained a step instead.”
While Owens is expected to play, Carroll once again was coy when asked if running back Marshawn Lynch will see the field for the first time this year Saturday in Denver.
“I’m not going to share that with you,” Carroll said. “You’ll have to wait and see.”
CAMP CARROLL CONCLUDES
Seahawks training camp officially ended Thursday afternoon after 16 days of workouts. And as they have done in the past, the final day was family day, with team employees and players’ families allowed to attend practice and a barbecue afterward.
This year’s camp was easier on the legs of Seattle players because of new training camp restrictions in the league’s collective bargaining agreement, including the elimination of twice-daily, full-contact practices.
Carroll said that even with the added restrictions, the Seahawks got their work in, and he said he believes his team is ready for the meat of the exhibition schedule after grinding through the first two weeks of camp.
“We’ve seen a bunch of guys,” Carroll said. “We’ve got a lot of information on our young guys, with these next few weeks and games being very important.
“The quarterback process has been excellent. We’ve learned a ton. And guys have been very compliant to make it a really good camp. They’ve worked really hard to add to it on the field. So I’ve got no complaints at all.”
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