Bengals' Terrell Owens had surgery within past month for torn ACL
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Bengals' Terrell Owens had surgery within past month for torn ACL

Well, here's a story out of nowhere. Terrell Owens @terrellowens is currently recovering from surgery within the past month to fix a torn ACL. This word comes from ESPN's Chris Mortensen. According to his sources, Owens suffered no other damage to the knee and could return to play in as soon as six months, or around mid-to-late November. The matter as to how this happened seems to be debatable. One of Mortensen's sources said Owens tore the ACL during a personal workout, but another one said the injury occurred while Owens was taping a television show for VH1. Owens' 2010 season ended on Dec. 19 because of a separate knee injury -- torn meniscus cartilage in his left knee. Dr. James Andrews surgically repaired Owens' meniscus on Dec. 20 and, according to sources, also performed this most recent operation on Owens. In his age-37 season, Owens caught 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns. It was a surprisingly solid season for T.O., who was one of fantasy football's most productive wideouts from weeks 4-9.

Fantasy Analysis:

A six-month recovery seems overly optimistic given the nature of the injury. Right now, I have to think T.O. is out for the 2011 season. He is off my draft cheat sheet completely. Some are whispering that this might end his career, but it won't. The guy is still in great shape, and this diva will not let this injury be the end of him as a football player. The interesting real-life football angle to me is this: Owens will be free agent once the lockout ends and will almost certainly not be brought back by the Bengals. So who is going to take a shot on signing Owens for this season, knowing he won't be useful for more than a month and has a very good chance of missing it entirely? Then, if Owens wants to come back for the 2012 season at the age of 38, which team will want a malcontent such at T.O. at that age after he most likely hasn't played football in about 20 months?


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I have played fantasy sports since 2001, specializing in fantasy football and baseball. I wrote for FFToolbox from 2002-2005 and re-joined in 2009.

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