Seahawks break regulations by having Owens in pads too fast


RENTON, Wash. — Terrell Owens had a fast start to his Seahawks’ career.

Too fast, in fact.

That has nothing to do with the fact he ran 40 yards in 4.45 seconds, and everything to do with the fact he wore shoulder pads during practice Wednesday.

He shouldn’t have been wearing pads that day, according to the league’s collective-bargaining agreement, which stipulates a three-day acclimation period for a player joining a team during training camp.

On Day One, the player can undergo a physical exam and attend meetings, according to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello. The next two days, he can wear a helmet during workouts and walk-throughs, but cannot wear full pads.

Owens was signed Monday, according to the Seahawks, and took part in only a walk-through session Tuesday. He was in shoulder pads when he practiced Wednesday morning, an inadvertent violation of the league’s guidelines, according to the Seahawks.

The Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram was first to point out the potential violation.

There was no word from the league spokesman on any official complaint or potential punishment for the Seahawks.

This offseason, Seattle lost two days of offseason training after the league ruled the Seahawks’ drills exceeded the amount of contact allowed under the guidelines for offseason workouts.

Wagner’s bandwagon

Fullback Michael Robinson offered a comparison of rookie middle linebacker Bobby Wagner that was shocking enough to make you do a double take.

“He’s going to be another special player one day,” Robinson said of Wagner, Seattle’s second-round draft choice. “I call him a ‘Baby Patrick Willis’ because I hadn’t seen a linebacker move like that since Pat.”

Whoa. Patrick Willis? He’s the gold standard for linebackers in this division and around the league. The man has made the Pro Bowl in all five seasons since the 49ers drafted him in the first round out of Mississippi. He’s been a first-team All-Pro the past four years.

Really, Mike? Patrick Willis?

“Well, it’s the truth,” Robinson said, “and I’ve been against both of them.”

Robinson was Willis’ teammate from 2007 through 2009 in San Francisco, and now he’s seeing some similarities in Wagner, whom the Seahawks drafted for his speed.

“He’s fast,” Robinson said of Wagner. “He’s explosive, and again, just the way he slips blocks, and it seems like he’s always going toward the ball. He’s not worried about a blocker, and he’s learning, obviously. He’s still young, but he definitely has the ability.”


• Guard John Moffitt left practice Thursday after suffering an apparent arm injury. There was no announcement on the nature or severity of the injury. Deuce Lutui replaced Moffitt at right guard with the first-unit offense.

• Cornerback Brandon Browner sat out practice, wearing a compression sleeve on his left leg. Phillip Adams practiced in Browner’s place at right corner with the first-unit defense.


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