T.O. breaks bone in right ring finger, will have surgery

Updated: September 18, 2006, 2:37 AM ET
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IRVING, Texas -- Terrell Owens will miss two to four weeks after breaking a finger Sunday night in the Dallas Cowboys' 27-10 victory over Washington.

Wide Receiver
Dallas Cowboys

Rec Yds TD Avg Long YAC
6 80 1 13.3 21 33

The controversial wide receiver broke his right ring finger and will need surgery; he said it'd be Monday, but the team said it also could be Tuesday. The Cowboys have a bye next week.

Owens said he was hurt on the first or second play of the game, but didn't tell anybody until the fourth quarter. He said it was a "fluke thing" and occurred when he was blocking.

"I think my hand got caught on a guy's jersey or something. I kind of felt something weird with it," Owens said. "I just kind of felt like I jammed it. I kept playing."

Owens, who missed much of training camp and the preseason because of a hamstring injury after signing a three-year, $25 million deal that includes a $5 million bonus and a $5 million salary in 2006, struggled against the Redskins. Owens flubbed a pass in the end zone on the opening drive -- the first of three drops. By game's end, he was getting his hand X-rayed, his stats sealed at three catches for 19 yards.

TOs for T.O.
T.O. went down Sunday with a broken bone in his finger and will miss two to four weeks. But time off is nothing new for the Cowboys receiver. He's missed a lot of time over the previous four seasons.
Season Games missed Reason
2006 ? Broken finger
2005 9 Suspension
2004 2 Ankle injury/fractured fibula
2003 1 Broken collarbone
2002 2 Groin injury
While Owens wasn't sure when he got hurt, he drew a personal foul penalty on the Cowboys' first offensive snap of the game for an illegal block.

On the dropped touchdown, Owens said he was trying to gather in the ball when cornerback Mike Rumph knocked the ball away.

"I didn't really have my full strength in my hand, so I think that probably may have contributed with him punching it out," Owens said.

The X-rays revealed the break. His right hand was partially wrapped after the game.

"I feel like I'm a quick healer," Owens said. "Once we have the surgery, the healing process will start. ... I'm going to try to get back as soon as I can."

The Cowboys resume their schedule Oct. 1 at Tennessee before heading to Philadelphia on Oct. 8 for Owens' much anticipated first game against his scorned former team, the Eagles.

After Owens felt a twinge in his hamstring the first week of training camp, he missed more than 20 workouts and the first three preseason games. Two MRIs were clear, but Owens still flew in several doctors and trainers to California, plus a hyperbaric chamber, because he still didn't feel right.

Last week, in a loss at Jacksonville, Owens played much better with six catches for 80 yards and a touchdown.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.