Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Seahawks coach says Owens will make debut Saturday

RENTON, Wash. — Terrell Owens will make his return to the league Saturday when his Seahawks play the Broncos, Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Thursday.

Carroll didn't say how many snaps Owens would get in the second preseason game for his team. He did say they would come early in the game.

"We'll see how it goes," he said.

Owens signed Aug. 6 and had just a couple of days of practice before the preseason opener against Tennessee. Carroll said he didn't believe it was fair to put Owens in a game that quickly but believes Owens is ready after two weeks of work.

Saturday will be Owens' first NFL game action since Week 15 of the 2010 season with Cincinnati. Owens went without a catch in that game against Cleveland. He sat out last season after failing to sign with a team and spent time with an indoor football team.

"He has had two good weeks of work, and he came in in great shape," Carroll said. "So he's ready to go."

Tebow recruits Demps

Quarterback Tim Tebow said he has talked to former Gator teammate Jeff Demps about joining him with the Jets. Demps, a sprinter who won a silver medal at the London Olympics as part of the U.S. 400-meter relay team and was a running back and kick returner at Florida, wants to start his pro career.

"I talked to him as a friend. But the Jets are a great organization and a great place," Tebow said. "Would we love to have him? Absolutely. I would as a teammate just because I know how hard he works and what he could bring to the table."

The Bucs also are interested in Demps, whose agent previously said he expects a decision by Monday.

Bills: A judge ordered backup quarterback Vince Young to pay a loan company about $1.7 million after missing a payment in May. Young, unavailable for comment, took a $1.877 million loan during the lockout in May 2011 and agreed to pay it back by Jan. 13 with 20 percent interest, about $619,000. The rate jumped 10 percent if Young missed a payment. In June, Young sued his former agent and his former financial adviser, alleging they cheated him out of $5.5 million after he signed a $54 million, five-year rookie contract.

Chargers: Defensive tackle Garrett Brown, a third-year player who has never appeared in a game and was a long shot to make the team, was suspended for four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Details weren't disclosed.

Eagles: Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha returned two days after sustaining a neck injury in a collision with safety Nate Allen.

Giants: Veteran defensive tackle Shaun Rogers will miss the season because of a blood clot in his left calf.

Steelers: Linebacker LaMarr Woodley donated $60,000 to the Saginaw (Mich.) school district. The donation from the Saginaw native means students won't have to pay $75 to play sports as part of a plan to close a budget deficit.

Texans: Left tackle Duane Brown, who has started all but four games since being drafted in 2008, signed an extension. The Associated Press reported it is for six years and $53.4 million ($22.08 million guaranteed).

Vikings: The team will take advantage of a new league policy that makes it easier to air home games on local TV. Only 90 percent of tickets for games at the Metrodome, about 6,000 fewer than capacity, will need to be sold. The Bucs and Raiders also are implementing the policy.

Concussions: The league sued about 30 insurance companies for refusing to pay for the defense of lawsuits against it over head injuries. The league is a defendant in 143 lawsuits by former players and their spouses, accused of negligence and failing to inform them of the link between repeated traumatic head impacts and long-term brain injuries. The league accuses the insurers of breach of contract and says it has incurred about $5 million in costs.

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