T.O. has ACL surgery – is his career finished?

Cincinnati Bengals’ wider receiver Terrell Owens (81) is tackled by Pittsburgh Steelers’ Bryant McFadden (20) during the first half of their NFL football game Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, November 8, 2010. REUTERS/John Sommers II (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that wide receiver Terrell Owens underwent surgery within the past month to repair a torn ACL, leaving some to believe that his career may be over.

There are conflicting reports as to how T.O. suffered the injury. One source says he was hurt while taping a reality TV show for VH1, while another claims that he tore his knee during a personal workout. Either way, the injury has put the 37-year-old free agent’s career in jeopardy.

Best-case scenario he’s out for the next six months. That would put his return around November or December, which would basically wipe out his entire 2011 season. At that point, some team’s receiver corps may be decimated by injuries and take a one-month flier on T.O. But considering he was going to have a hard enough time trying to find a suitor when he was healthy, there’s a good chance that no team will take a shot on him coming off ACL surgery.

That said, T.O. has always been in outstanding physical condition. He takes extremely good care of his body and if he wants to play again, there’s no doubt that he’ll do everything in his power to be physically ready to come back.

But whether or not someone will take a chance on him when he does is another question altogether.

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