Peyton Manning's debut in Denver won't hog all the attention. Terrell Owens will be taking some himself.
Owens will make his return to the NFL when the Seattle Seahawks play the Broncos on Saturday night. Seattle Coach Pete Carroll didn't give specifics on how many snaps Owens will get in the second pre-season game for the Seahawks, but he did say it would be early in the game.
"I'm not going to tell you how many plays it will be," Carroll said. "We'll see how it goes."
Owens joined the Seahawks on Aug. 6 and had just a couple of days of practice before the pre-season opener against Tennessee. Carroll said he didn't think it was fair to run Owens out there that quickly, but feels he's ready after two weeks of work.
Owens arrived in camp in excellent shape and has looked impressive at times during practice. But if he's to make the Seahawks' final roster, Owens will need to show in a game that he's fully recovered from a knee injury that kept him out of the NFL for the entire 2011 season.
Saturday against the Broncos will be his first NFL game action since Week 15 of the 2010 season with Cincinnati. Owens went without a catch in that final game against Cleveland.
"He's ready to go," Carroll said. "He had two good weeks of work, and he came in in great shape so he's ready to go."
Gresham injures knee
Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham injured his right knee late in the first quarter of a pre-season game against the Falcons on Thursday night. He was not expected to return to the game.
Gresham, a Pro Bowl alternate pick last year in his second season, caught a 25-yard pass from quarterback Andy Dalton to help set up a long field goal that gave the Bengals a 3-0 lead. He left the game before the drive ended.
The Bengals won 24-19 to go 2-0 in the preseason.
In the past two seasons combined, Gresham caught 108 passes for 1,067 yards. He had six touchdowns last year.
Around the league
Chargers: Defensive tackle Garrett Brown was suspended without pay for the first four regular-season games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Brown, who signed as a free agent, will be eligible to return to the Chargers' active roster on Oct. 1.
Bills: Quarterback Vince Young has been ordered to pay a loan company nearly $1.7 million after missing a payment in late May, shortly after signing with Buffalo.
Texans: Houston signed left tackle Duane Brown to a new contract Thursday, locking up a durable anchor to help protect Matt Schaub and open holes for Arian Foster. The six-year contract is worth $53.4 million, with $22.08 million guaranteed, a person with direct knowledge of the deal said.
Dolphins: Reggie Bush wants to lead the NFL in rushing after proving last year he could be an every-down back for the Dolphins. "I believe in setting the highest goals possible," Bush said. "If you're not setting the highest standards for yourself, then you don't belong in this game." Bush had the first 1,000-yard season of his career last season.
Ex-Bear to run for mayor
Former Chicago Bears defensive lineman Steve McMichael says he wants to enter the political field after being a star on the football one. McMichael, a fan favorite as a member of the Super Bowl-winning Bears, says he plans to run for mayor of Romeoville, Ill. McMichael is co-owner of Mongo McMichael's sports bar in the Chicago suburb. It will be his first time running for office.