Terrell Owens sustained a season-ending knee injury today. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Terrell Owens Out For Season With Knee Injury

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Terrell Owens Out For Season With Torn Meniscus, Will Try To Play In 2011

Terrell Owens is officially out for the season.

That's what the Cincinnati Bengals' team Twitter page tweets this afternoon after T.O. left today's game against the Browns with an apparent knee injury. That injury has since been diagnosed as a torn meniscus, and it will keep him out of the Bengals' last two games this season.

What that injury won't do, it seems, is end Owens' NFL career. The Bengals also tweeted that Owens said he will play in 2011, which seems both optimistic and noble. Knee injuries aren't exactly stubbed toes, especially for a bulky wide receiver who would be entering his 16th NFL season, but Owens has proved to be especially resilient throughout his career.

Playing for another year might also help Owens reach some NFL records. He's second all-time in receiving yards to Jerry Rice, and third in receiving touchdowns to Rice and Randy Moss.

Owens rebounded from a down year in Buffalo in 2009 with a resurgent 2010 campaign with the Bengals. He'll finish just shy of 1,000 yards on the year, and caught nine touchdowns.

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Terrell Owens Leaves Game With Knee Injury, Could Be Out For Season

Could we have seen the last of Terrell Owens?

Owens went down with a knee injury early in the Bengals' game against the Browns today, and left the game. Will Carroll tweets that he's hearing the injury is "significant":

Hearing "significant" injury for Terrell Owens. Done for day, probably season. (Knee)

If Owens is truly done for the season — and that would make sense, considering the Bengals' 2-11 record — then Owens might also be done for his career. Owens is 37 and in his 15th NFL season, but had been resurgent this year, nearing 1,000 yards receiving and catching nine touchdowns for the Bengals. He's certainly more than old enough in NFL years to be seriously considering retirement every offseason, but he's come back from injury and been productive before.

A "significant" injury to his knee, though, might make a comeback for a 16th year an impossibility. Owens has been a physical marvel for the entirety of his career, to be fair, but 38-year-olds with knee problems and personal histories like Owens' don't tend to catch on with NFL teams. Owens might be left out in the cold in 2011, forcing him into retirement whether he wants it or not.

If that happens, we'll have the news of it in this StoryStream.

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