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Cowboys' Glenn to have injured knee re-evaluated

9/10/2007 - NFL Terry Glenn Dallas Cowboys + more

Dallas Cowboys receiver Terry Glenn told ESPN's Ed Werder on Sunday that he plans to be examined by a second orthopedic surgeon to determine whether he might be able to play again this season if he undergoes arthroscopic surgery to remove damaged cartilage from his re-injured right knee.

Glenn says he will opt for that option rather than have season-ending microfracture surgery if he can be convinced it is likely to succeed. He fears that arthroscopic surgery might not solve his problem and could lead to an even more severe injury that would jeopardize his career.

Glenn, 33, says he has been told he could return in two or three weeks if he can avoid the riskier microfracture surgery, which includes a long rehabilitation period.

"I want to play this year, and I really feel I have chance so I'm really leaning toward taking the
[damaged] piece out and trying to play this year even though I'm risking the rest of my career by doing that," Glenn said Friday night. "I think that's what I'm going to do. I'm not sure, but I've played 12 years and don't have a lot of years left. I want to win now, and I think we have a chance to win now.

"My Super Bowl chances are running out, so that's what I will probably do. But I know there's a great percentage risk that I could do that, ruin my knee, never play again and have to limp the rest of my life."

Glenn missed all four preseason games after microfracture surgery Aug. 1 to remove a cyst from the back of his right kneecap. Coach Wade Phillips said the latest injury came in practice two days ago and "was not related to the original injury," but Glenn disputed that.

"Anybody saying this injury is not related to the other injury -- 'BS,'" he said. "This would never have happened if I hadn't been hurt already."

However, Glenn said that he doesn't hold the team's medical or training staffs responsible for the injury.

"I don't blame anybody for this but myself," he said. "It didn't feel the way it should have felt, but the pressure and the hype of the season starting really got to me, and I was told I could not injure my knee further by going out and just running on it. I wanted to win the game for my teammates because that means a lot to me. But it wasn't ready and now I've injured it even more."

Cowboys players say they have not been told the severity of Glenn's knee injury, but they expect his absence to be lengthy. Quarterback Tony Romo was attempting to contact Glenn after Friday's practice.

"This is a very big loss for us," Romo told ESPN. "You can't replace Terry Glenn. He has special abilities and you're just not going to be able to replace him. But I have a lot of confidence in our young receivers. I've been throwing to them all summer. I really think Sam Hurd will step to the plate."

Glenn, entering his 12th season, caught 70 passes for 1,047 yards and six touchdowns last year and gave the Cowboys a deep threat that helped Terrell Owens lead the NFL with 13 touchdowns.

Patrick Crayton, who has 1,019 yards and seven touchdowns in three seasons, will move into Glenn's No. 2 role behind Owens. Hurd will be the third receiver.

"I don't know who to blame, but I'm so mad," Glenn said.

Information from ESPN's Ed Werder and The Associated Press was used in this report.