Surgery ends Owens’ sea­son

Ben­gals re­ceiver says on Twit­ter ac­count he un­der­went the pro­ce­dure in Alabama.

Dayton Daily News - - SPORTS - By Kevin Go­heen The Cincin­nati En­quirer

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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