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The N.O. Show

by Photo of Ross Bernhardt

Terrell Owens holds a televised workout for NFL teams, but none showed up.

The N.O. Show

Via SI.com's Chris Burke:

Terrell Owens went through a televised workout Tuesday at Calabasas High School in California, designed to show NFL teams that the veteran wide receiver is ready for game action again, just six months after surgery on a torn left ACL.

One problem, though: No NFL teams showed up for the workout, according to the NFL Network’s Lindsay Soto, who was live at Calabasas. Owens’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, announced that he would send tapes of the workout to every NFL team.

Owens’ workout began shortly after 11 a.m. PT and lasted for about an hour. Owens opened the approximately 50-minute outing with a series of agility drills. The 38-year-old made it through without showing any major ill effects from his surgery but did appear winded — he took an extended break between each drill.

“I feel good, this is actually shorter than what I’ve been going the last couple weeks, so I feel good,” Owens told Soto at the conclusion of the workout. “It’s been challenging from a physical standpoint to get my knee back to where it needs to be for me to have the confidence to go out here to run and cut.

“This is what I’ve been training for. I’m not worried about the naysayers saying I’m wasting my time — I think what I showed today speaks for itself.”

T.O. is about to turn 38-years-old and is coming off of major knee surgery.  Did he really think that teams would be lining up for his services?  Owens had a nice year with the Bengals last year (72 catches, 983 yards, 9 TD) but he represents a major risk for any team thinking about taking a chance on him.  First, you have to make sure that knee is 100 percent healed.  Second, you have to make sure he can assimilate into the roster without causing trouble or disrupting team chemistry.

Owens has been a locker room cancer for most of his career, and that reputation is a hard one to shake.  He did seem to mesh in his one-year stints with both the Bills and the Bengals, and he's saying all the right things at the moment.     

Will a team come calling for Owens?  Sure, but not right now.  A fringe contender like Tennessee, Oakland or Washington could reach out as a desperation move of sorts.  Jay Cutler could use a playmaker in Chicago to pair with Matt Forte.  So get you're popcorn ready.  We haven't seen the last of T.O.

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