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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.

August 18, 2012 at 11:56 PM

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Terrell Owens goes 0-for-5 in Seahawks debut

DENVER -- Understandable?

Certainly, said coach Pete Carroll after Terrell Owens failed to catch any of the five balls thrown his way in the first half of Saturday's game.

"It's just two weeks of practice," Carroll said. "He's just getting going. So I don't have any problem. I've seen him day in and day out and know how he's working and how he's learning the stuff. We wanted to get him a number of plays today just to get him going. I think we targeted him five or six times in the first half, which was great. I'm not worried about it a bit. I wish for him and for everybody, we would have caught that thing."

"That thing" was a reference to the pass Owens dropped in the end zone, a perfectly thrown ball that hit him right in stride for what would have been a 46-yard touchdown.

"The first big ball he had thrown to him in a long time," Carroll said. "Unfortunately it got away from him, the deep ball. That would have been a really big event for us to score on that play in the first half, and it would have made a difference in how that first half would have gone."

Yes, it would have. It would have more than doubled Flynn's passing yardage in the first half, would have given the first-unit offense its first touchdown in the two exhibition games and would have made a dramatic statement on Owens' return.

So now what?

"He's got to get back in action," Carroll said. "It's his first time out there. He's been very much on point, in practice, and he's worked very hard, and he's caught a lot of deep balls in practice, too. I know that he can make those plays for us, and it's unfortunate we didn't get it right off the bat."

Owens was not made available by the team after the game.

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