Free agent wide receiver Terrell Owens will likely miss the upcoming NFL season after he reportedly tore his anterior cruciate ligament in one of his knees, according to ESPN. NFL Insider Chris Mortensen broke the story and confirmed through sources that the surgery on Owen's knee was performed by noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews and it occurred within the past month.
According to the ESPN report, one source said Owens tore the ACL during a personal workout. Owens' agent Drew Rosenhaus was not avilable for comment. However, Rosenhaus' brother and partner in the agent business, Jason Rosenhaus, said, "I don't like to deny stories or confirm or deny anything. It's really something for Drew (to address)."
Owens, who's 37 years old, tore his meniscus in his left knee late last season. An ACL injury typically requires roughly six months of rehab.
Owens had planned on playing a 16th season in 2011 after signing a one-year contract with the Cincinatti Bengals last season. Owens caught 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns for the Bengals. Owens would have been a free agent once the lockout was lifted.
Owens ranks second in all-time receiving yards, trailing only Jerry Rice and he's third behind Rice and Randy Moss in receiving touchdowns.