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Owens has ankle surgery, could return for Super Bowl

BALTIMORE (AP) Terrell Owens had surgery on his right ankle Wednesday, and the doctor said there is a chance Philadelphia's star receiver could play in the Super Bowl if the Eagles make it that far.

There is a reasonable possibility that he could return to play in about six or seven weeks. But that is not predictable,'' said Dr. Mark Myerson, who performed the surgery at a Baltimore hospital.A lot will depend on his recovery and rehabilitation over the next month or two.''

Eagles head trainer Rick Burkholder said Monday that Owens had only an outside shot at being able to play in the Super Bowl on Feb. 6 _ presuming Philadelphia (13-1) makes it.

Under normal circumstances, Owens' injury would take eight to 10 weeks to heal, Myerson said. The receiver's conditioning could help him recover faster, the doctor said.

``While it is not unreasonable to hope he plays in six weeks, it's not something we would expect,'' Myerson said.

Owens' injury on Sunday was a devastating blow to a team that dominated the NFC and clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Owens, who had 77 catches for 1,200 yards and a team-record 14 TD catches, has missed just seven games in his nine-year career.

Myerson inserted two screws in Owens' ankle and a plate on the outside of the ankle during the surgery, which lasted about an hour. He said there was no reason the expect the injury would lead to chronic ankle problems for Owens.

Owens was in good spirits after the surgery and was on his way back to Philadelphia by the time Myerson held a news conference at the hospital.

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