Terrell Owens is recovering from left knee surgery and plans to be ready to play when the NFL season starts, his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said Tuesday.
Rosenhaus confirmed in an interview with ESPN that the star wide receiver tore his anterior cruciate ligament and had surgery in early April. However, Rosenhaus said, his client "will be playing at the start of the NFL season."
Rosenhaus called speculation that Owens, 37, was considering retirement "nonsense" and said the 15-year veteran is doing "fantastic" and could be recovered as early as August. Sources familiar with the injury told ESPN on Sunday night that Owens wouldn't return until mid- to late November at the earliest.
"The old injury has been repaired," Rosenhaus said. "He is many months into recovery and doing fantastic. No predictions on training camp, but he comes back fast from injuries. I won't rule him out of anything. He will be a starting receiver for someone this year."
As for Owens mulling retirement, Rosenhaus said "all the retirement talk is nonsense. There's been no discussion about that, and this injury is not a big deal."
We're hesitant to put much stock in anything an agent has to say about their client. An agent's job, after all, is to get their client a lucrative contract, and Drew Rosenhaus appears to be in full damage control mode after recent reports indicated Owens was considering retirement.
If TO is fully healthy and in a good situation come September, we'd be inclined to take a late round flyer on him. That said, we'll really just have to wait and see what turns out to be the truth on the severity of TO's injury and where he ends up.