DALLAS -- Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens had successful
surgery in Miami to repair a torn tendon in his right ring finger.
Owens, who injured the finger in the latter part of the season,
said his Miami doctor and Cowboys trainer Jim Maurer stayed in
contact before Thursday's surgery and were in agreement on the
"The doctor is very optimistic," Owens said in Friday's
editions of 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
Owens didn't say when he would start catching passes again but
vowed to be ready for the 2007 season.
The Cowboys wouldn't comment on Owens' surgery when contacted by
The Associated Press on Friday.
Owens caught 85 passes for 1,180 yards and an NFL-high 13
touchdowns, but he was plagued by drops for a team that had a
disappointing season. 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 face the question of 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