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Originally published Friday, August 24, 2012 at 9:44 PM

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Lingering sore arm keeps Matt Flynn from playing at all

Quarterback has been limited all week

Seattle Times staff reporter

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Matt Flynn didn't start Friday, but everyone already knew that would happen.

The fact he didn't play at all because of a sore arm was the surprise.

Flynn sat out practice Wednesday because his arm was sore, and he still felt pain when he warmed up before the game Friday.

Flynn, who was signed in March as a free agent from Green Bay, started Seattle's first two exhibition games, but coach Pete Carroll announced Tuesday rookie Russell Wilson would start the third game.

Flynn did not practice the next day.

"Just wanted to rest his arm a little bit before the game," Carroll said after practice Wednesday. "Nothing is wrong with him."

Well, something kept him out of this game, though it remains to be seen how serious the injury might be.

Turbin power

Marshawn Lynch did not play, not a surprise after he didn't practice earlier this week because of a stiff back. Robert Turbin started in Lynch's place, and the Seahawks didn't miss a beat, which is pretty impressive considering the team ran for more than 200 yards in Denver last weekend.

Turbin ran for 43 yards in the first half, and then carried three times for 50 yards on Seattle's first possession of the second half, scoring on a 25-yard run.

The real McCoy

Tight end Anthony McCoy didn't jump out at anyone so much as he jumped over a defender.

The 6-foot-5 McCoy hurdled a Kansas City player attempting to tackle him and ran 25 yards, the longest play of Seattle's touchdown drive just before halftime.

McCoy was a sixth-round choice in 2010 and he is a well-rounded tight end off to a great start to his third season. He's not quite the blocker Zach Miller is, and his receiving talents have been a question with a history of drops, but he caught two passes for 47 yards in the first half and is one of Seattle's leading receivers this exhibition season.

T.O.? Oh, no

After three weeks of practice and two exhibition games, Terrell Owens caught his first pass as a Seahawk. The fact it was in the third quarter when both teams had subbed out many starters was telling. So was the fact Owens dropped a third-down pass in the first half.

Still, it took some remarkable concentration to track the ball that was slightly underthrown by Wilson for a 40-yard gain. Owens caught a pass on Seattle's next play, too, but that was for a 3-yard loss.


• Free safety Earl Thomas returned a third-quarter interception 75 yards for a touchdown, the second time in three years he has scored a touchdown in an exhibition game.

• Rookie defensive tackle Greg Scruggs got a first-quarter sack, but did not play the final three quarters because of a sore hamstring.

• Fullback Michael Robinson returned from the toe injury that kept him out of the lineup last week.

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Seahawks schedule
All home games at CenturyLink Field.
Preseason Time
Aug. 11 Tennessee W, 27-17
Aug. 18 at Denver W, 30-10
Aug. 24 at Kansas City W, 44-14
Aug. 30 Oakland 7 p.m.
Regular season Time
Sept. 9 at Arizona 1:25 p.m.
Sept. 16 Dallas 1 p.m.
Sept. 24 Green Bay 1 p.m.
Sept. 30 at St. Louis 10 a.m.
Oct. 7 at Carolina 1 p.m.
Oct. 14 New England 1 p.m.
Oct. 18 at S. Francisco 5:20 p.m.
Oct. 28 at Detroit 10 a.m.
Nov. 4 Minnesota 1 p.m.
Nov. 11 N.Y. Jets 1 p.m.
Nov. 25 at Miami 10 a.m.
Dec. 2 at Chicago 10 a.m.
Dec. 9 Arizona 1:25 p.m.
Dec. 16 at Buffalo 1 p.m.
Dec. 23 S. Francisco 1:25 p.m.
Dec. 30 St. Louis 1:25 p.m.
All times subject to change

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