Surgery ends Owens’ season
Bengals receiver says on Twitter account he underwent the procedure in Alabama.
CINCINNATI — Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens, according to his own Twitter account, traveled to Birmingham, Ala., on Monday and had surgery performed by Dr. James Andrews to repair torn meniscus cartilage in his left knee.
Owens left Sunday’s 1917 win against Cleveland at Paul Brown Stadium after the Bengals’ sixth play of the game, hobbling as he headed to the sideline.
Head coach Marvin Lewis said Monday that Owens’ season was finished, although the Bengals had not made an official roster move.
Owens ends the season with 72 catches for 983 yards and nine touchdowns, all of which lead the Bengals.
He said Sunday that he originally injured the knee against New Orleans on Dec. 5 but played the last two games. He did miss practice three times during the past couple of weeks.
Third-year receivers Andre Caldwell and Jerome Simpson were already due to see increased playing time against the Browns, but Owen’s injury and a nagging ankle injury to Chad Ochocinco increased their time on the field.
Caldwell and Simpson combined to make six catches for 119 yards.
“Not a lot of things change. You just plug in different guys in that spot,” said offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski. “Obviously we’ll miss him because he was very productive for us. But the younger guys have to step up and make those plays he was making.”
REPORT DENIED: A report on the website profootballtalk.com Sunday stated that the Bengals were giving consideration to deactivating Owens for the final three games of the season due to his attitude and performance in practice and games.
Lewis denied the report, which was attributed to an anonymous league source.
“Pro Football Talk? Enough said. I don’t need to address it,” said Lewis. “Have I ever addressed anything in here from Pro Football Talk? No. I don’t even know where it is.”
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