Saturday, August 13, 2011

Will Terrell Owens Really Be Ready To Play Week One After ACL Surgery In April?

Last time we heard of NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens, he had torn his ACL in the off-season and had surgery, severely hampering the 15-year veteran's chance of playing in the 2011 season.

In 2010 with the Cincinnati Bengals, Owens had 72 receptions for 983 yards and 9 touchdowns in 14 games.  That's a really good season for any wide receiver, and was his best season in three years.  Owens' contract with the Bengals was just for one year, so he became an unrestricted free agent once the season was over.

Drew Rosenhaus, Owens' agent, reported that the injury occurred in early April (and wouldn't disclose how it happened) and that he had surgery a few days later.  What is strange is that the timetable for his return was given as 4-6 months and that Rosenhaus believes he could play in the preseason.

Let's not forget Owens' history as a quick healer.  In 2005, he broke his lower leg and tore an ankle ligament late in the season, only to return to play in the Super Bowl seven weeks later.  Indeed he played superbly, catching nine passes for 122 yards.

As evidence of his progress, check out this video here that shows Owens doing footwork/agility drills recently.  He also looks in superb shape, as evidenced by the eight-pack he's sporting.

That seems like a rather quick recovery for what is usually a very serious injury (for any type of skill player, but most definitely a wide receiver who needs to make very quick cuts on the field).

On the other hand, Wes Welker tore his ACL and MCL in early January, 2010, and was able to return to the field for Week One of the 2010 NFL season in September.

In Owens' favor is that he only tore his ACL which certainly could shorten his recovery.  However, a less than six month recovery would be rather miraculous.

Given that, if I had to choose what's more likely: that he'll be ready to play Week One, or that a playoff-caliber NFL team will sign him by then, I'll take the recovery.

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