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Report claims Owens tore ACL

Published 2:03am Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Staff Report

By the end of last season, Terrell Owens’ career with the Cincinnati Bengals appeared to be over. With the latest report that Owens had surgery for a torn ACL, his NFL career may be in jeopardy.

ESPN.com’s Chris Mortensen reported that Owens underwent surgery by famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews for an injured anterior cruciate ligament within the past month.

If the report is accurate, Owens could face up to six months of rehabilitation.

Owens, 37, is a free agent but has not signed with any team due to the NFL lockout. Owens has played for five NFL teams.

The outspoken and controversial Owens played for the Bengals last season and had a one-year contract for $2 million. He had 72 catches for 983 yards and nine touchdowns, but reports said the Bengals were ready to deactivate Owens the final three games and did not plan to bring him back this season.

There were conflicting reports how Owens injured the knee. One report said the injury came during an off-season workout while another source said Owens was injured while taping footage for his VH1 reality program, “The T.O. Show.”

The 16-year veteran also suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee against the Cleveland Browns on Dec. 19 last season.

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