Receiver running, cutting in individual workouts

As of Friday, the Philadelphia Eagles plan to have Terrell Owens gradually rejoin team practice Wednesday and to use him as the third receiver in Super Bowl XXXIX on Feb. 6, team sources told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio.

Those plans are contingent on the star receiver not suffering any setbacks in his rehabilitation from leg injuries, as is Owens' vow to ESPN's Michael Irvin on Thursday that he definitely will play when the Eagles take on the New England Patriots.

Things were looking good Friday, when Owens ran and cut on the Eagles' indoor field for the second straight day, according to Paolantonio.

Todd Pinkston and Freddie Mitchell are expected to be Philly's first two options at receiver even if Owens gets the go-ahead to play.

Dr. Mark Myerson said Tuesday that he wouldn't clear the Pro Bowler to play in the Super Bowl. Myerson said he's pleased with Owens' recuperation but maintained that the surgery requires a recovery period of eight to 10 weeks.

The Eagles superstar was told after surgery that he had only an outside chance of returning for the Super Bowl, which was 6½ weeks away at the time. Still, he rehabbed vigorously and has steadfastly insisted he's going to play.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.