Just when Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terry Glenn thought that he would perhaps make an appearance against the New York Giants on Sunday, he got a reality check. Ed Werder of ESPN is reporting that the 12-year veteran will not only miss the season opener, but possibly much more. Glenn told ESPN that he has torn cartilage in his knee that will require surgery. Glenn is weighing two options: season-ending surgery or simply removing the damaged tissue that would cut his down time to around 3-4 weeks. But there’s a risk there – he could possibly risk damaging that knee further by opting for the damaged tissue removal procedure.
Glenn also told ESPN on Friday night, “I want to play this year, and I really feel I have chance so I’m really leaning toward taking the [damaged] piece out and trying to play this year even though I’m risking the rest of my career by doing that. I think that’s what I’m going to do. I’m not sure, but I’ve played 12 years and don’t have a lot of years left. I want to win now, and I think we have a chance to win now.” Tough dilemna for Glenn, for sure. Sure he could take the procedure to remove the damaged cartilage, but then he runs the chance of injuring his knee further and more than likely end his career. On the other hand, he could opt for the season-ending surgery and hopefully return next season if that’s what he chooses to do.
Regardless what course of action Glenn takes, his replacement will probably be Patrick Crayton, who will be on the opposite side of Terrell Owens; Sam Hurd would rise to #3 on the Cowboys’ depth chart at WR. Week 1 against the Giants will be a good indicator of how much the Cowboys will miss Glenn and whether they need to obtain a free agent or simply use a practice squad player to fill the WR vacancy.