Owens reportedly has ACL surgery

Bengals receiver Terrell Owens pulls in a catch against the Falcons in Atlanta, Ga., Oct. 24, 2010....

Bengals receiver Terrell Owens pulls in a catch against the Falcons in Atlanta, Ga., Oct. 24, 2010. (KEVIN C. COX/Getty Images/AFP)

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BRISTOL, CONN. - Wide receiver Terrell Owens has undergone surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in one of his knees, according to a report by ESPN.

It is not known how the 37-year-old veteran injured his knee, but it is reported that the surgery was performed within the past month by renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews.

Owens last played for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010, where he caught 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns in 14 games -- 11 starts.

He has said he intends on returning for his 16th NFL season, but a torn ACL would require around six months of rehabilitation. That would be towards the end of the season, so it is unlikely a team will sign him at that point. He's due to become a free agent when the NFL lockout ends.

It conceivably could be a career-ending injury.

Owens' 15,934 receiving yards and 153 receiving touchdowns ranks him second all-time in yardage behind Jerry Rice (22,895) and tied for second all-time in touchdowns with Moss, and in back of Rice (197).


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