Get your popcorn ready because Terrell Owens might be making his return to the NFL.
Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak said Tuesday on his radio show on 104.5 FM that when Terrell Owens is healthy enough to pass a physical, the team would likely take a look at him. The Titans took a huge hit at receiving earlier in the year when breakout receiver Kenny Britt tore his anterior cruciate ligament (in the knee) in the second quarter of a 17-14 win over Denver in week four. Britt has surgery on the ACL two weeks ago and has been rehabbing at Titans' facilities.
Replacing Britt has not been easy, even though the Titans are ninth in the league in passing yards per game. The first-round pick out of Rutgers in 2009 was off to the best start of his career with his 289 yards receiving, which ranked fifth in the NFL. However, veteran receiver Nate Washington has been the number-one guy so far, with 28 receptions, 389 yards and one touchdown.
Owens, a 15-year veteran, suffered a knee injury that required surgery during the offseason. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on Oct. 7 that Owens should be medically cleared to return to the NFL in two to three weeks.
In September, Munchak said that with only four receivers on the roster at the time, he wouldn't rule anything out, but he didn't see Terrell Owens as an option. Now, even after signing veteran receiver Justin Gage, Munchak has a different perspective, with the loss of Britt still concerning.
It's going to be a group effort, Munchak said. You just don't make up for losing Kenny Britt and think one guy is going to come in and fill his shoes. He's one of those special players that I don't think you really fill his shoes. A lot of guys just can't do what he does. But I think as a group we can, and that's how we have to look at it.
Munchak said the amount of the Titans' interest in Owens would hinge on a couple of factors: how the Titans are producing at the wide receiver position three weeks or two weeks from now and how the team is doing overall.
Owens has played for the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals in his 15-year NFL career. Most recently, with the Bengals, he was placed on injured reserve for the first time in his career on Dec. 21 of last year when he tore meniscus cartilage in his left knee on Dec. 19 against the Cleveland Browns in week 14.
Owens has always maintained that when healthy, he is still able to produce on the field, despite previous injuries.
Owens holds a handful of receiving records. Most notably, he is tied for second all-time in receiving touchdowns (153) with Randy Moss, trailing only Jerry Rice, and he is also second all-time in receiving yards (15,934) behind, yes you guessed it, Jerry Rice.