The receiver tore cartilage in his left knee two weeks ago, but kept playing. He aggravated the injury while making a cut on the opening series of a 19-17 win over the Browns Sunday, forcing him to hobble off the field.
Owens flew to Birmingham, Alabama, on Monday and was examined by Dr. James Andrews. The 37-year-old Owens was scheduled for surgery later in the day. He tweeted a photo of himself in a hospital gown getting ready for the operation late Monday afternoon.
“BIG THANKS 2 every1 4 their support (and) prayers! I’ll b back on the field …” he tweeted.
Owens almost for sure won’t be back with the Bengals in 2010, more so if the team goes young and tries to rebuild. He inked a one-year deal with a $2 million base salary at the start of training camp, when the Bengals were one of the few teams interested. He proved he could still play, leading the team with 72 catches for 983 yards and nine touchdowns.
He ranked among the NFL’s top six receivers in yards and catches heading into the game against Cleveland.