Reports: T.O. has surgery on right ring finger


DALLAS (AP) – Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens had surgery in Miami to repair a torn tendon in his right ring finger, two newspapers reported Friday.

“The doctor is very optimistic,” Owens told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I am happy I had the surgery. I am happy with the news he gave me that I will return to 100 percent.”

The Dallas Morning News also reported that Owens had surgery. The Cowboys wouldn’t comment when contacted by The Associated Press on Friday.

Owens caught 85 passes for 1,180 yards and an NFL-high 13 touchdowns, but injured the finger in the latter part of the season and was plagued by drops. The Cowboys dropped four of their last five games, lost their grip on the NFC East and fell to Seattle 21-20 in a wild-card playoff game last weekend.

The Cowboys must decide whether to bring Owens back for the second year of his three-year contract. If they keep him, they’ll have to pay him a $3 million roster bonus in June.

It was the second surgery involving his right ring finger in five months. He had a plate screwed into the finger after breaking it while blocking in a victory over the Washington Redskins in September.