RENTON, Wash. — On his first day as a member of the Seattle Seahawks, Terrell Owens was in Los Angeles gathering his belongings.

And yet he was still the talk of Seahawks training camp.

“Terrell Owens is an unbelievable talent. They brought him in because that’s what Pete Carroll believes in is competition,” Seattle receiver Doug Baldwin said. “He’s going to come in immediately and compete for a job, and that’s what we’re all about here.”

Owens agreed to a one-year deal with the Seahawks on Monday before he returned to Los Angeles late Monday night. He was expected back at the team’s facility later Tuesday for meetings and to be on the practice field wearing No. 10 on Wednesday morning.

When he steps on the field, it will be his first NFL practice since late December 2010 when he was enjoying a season of revival with the Cincinnati Bengals.

That was before the 2011 calendar year when Owens failed to receive any NFL offers following surgery on his left knee and before Owens tried to start his comeback this spring playing for the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League. He had 35 catches for 420 yards and 10 touchdowns while playing eight of the 11 games, but was released and lost an ownership stake in the team in May.

Matt Flynn is the starting quarterback for Saturday night’s preseason opener against Tennessee.

Beyond that, Coach Pete Carroll is keeping it a mystery.

Flynn will take all the reps with the first-team offense for the rest of this week – beginning with Wednesday’s practice – and play the entire first half. Rookie Russell Wilson will play the second half, leaving incumbent Tarvaris Jackson on the sideline as a spectator.

 

CARDINALS: Coach Ken Whisenhunt called QB Kevin Kolb’s injury minor and expects him to play in Friday’s preseason game against Kansas City.

Kolb left Sunday’s Hall of Fame game with bruised ribs and was limited in practice Tuesday.

Arizona removed running back Beanie Wells from the physically unable to perform list, clearing him to begin practicing with the team.

Wells has been unable to practice since undergoing knee surgery after last season.

 

BROWNS: Trent Richardson may miss his first game for Cleveland.

The highly regarded rookie was not in pads, his left leg was wrapped, and he did not participate in practice at all.

“There’s a chance he won’t play on Friday,” Coach Pat Shurmur said. “He’s got a sore knee and is being evaluated.”

 

EAGLES: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Browns President Mike Holmgren and Patriots Coach Bill Belichick were among more than 900 people who packed a Mormon church for the funeral service of Garrett Reid, son of Eagles Coach Andy Reid.

Garrett Reid was found dead in his dorm room Sunday morning at Lehigh University, where he was assisting the Eagles’ strength and conditioning coach during training camp. The 29-year-old recovering drug addict had seemingly turned his life around.

Many current and former players, coaches and other league officials traveled from all across the country to pay their respects Tuesday morning at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Broomall, Pa.

 

CHANGES TO the NFL’s kickoff rules appear to account for a slight decline in the number of concussions reported across the league last season, according to a consulting firm’s study of injury data provided by the NFL Players Association.

Jesse David, senior vice president at Edgeworth Economics, said the number of concussions reported on kickoffs decreased by about 43 percent from 2010 to 2011. That led to a slight drop in the overall number of reported concussions, reversing a multiyear trend toward more head injuries, he said.

 

BEARS: Chicago signed defensive end Derek Walker to a one-year contract and waived offensive lineman Tyler Hendrickson.

 

BRONCOS: Pro Bowl defensive end Elvis Dumervil won’t be charged in last month’s road rage incident in Miami Beach, Fla.

 

PANTHERS: Wide receiver Steve Smith was held out of the second half of the morning practice after bruising his left knee.

 

REDSKINS: Tight end Fred Davis and left tackle Trent Williams are set to play for the first time since Dec. 4 in Thursday’s preseason opener after they were suspended for the final four games of 2011 for failing multiple drug tests.

 


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