Receiver officially listed as questionable
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Terrell Owens has seemingly put to rest questions about whether he'll play in the Super Bowl. Now, everyone wants to know how much.
Will he take a major role in the Philadelphia Eagles' offense? Will he be limited to a few plays, nothing more than a decoy to draw attention away from the other receivers?
No one -- not even the ultra-confident Owens -- can predict what will happen on Sunday.
|“||I am healthy enough. Whether my condition is up to par, that is a different story. But I think the adrenaline and atmosphere of the game will get me through it. ”|
|— Terrell Owens|
"I'm not sure, but I'll be ready," he said Wednesday. "Like I said, I am going to be in the game plan, and it is going to be a game-time decision. I'm probably going to go with the flow of the game."
Owens has said repeatedly that he will play against the New England Patriots, even though he still has two screws and a plate in his right leg. The All-Pro receiver suffered a severely sprained ankle and a fractured fibula in a Dec. 19 victory over Dallas.
After missing the last two games of the regular season and playoff victories over Minnesota and Atlanta, Owens has made a stunning recovery that he credits partly to his strong religious faith, partly to the hard work of the Eagles' training staff.
Owens practiced again Wednesday and was listed as questionable on the first injury report of Super Bowl week. That means there's a 50 percent chance he'll play.
"T.O. got some work. He did good with it," coach Andy Reid said after the workout. "We gave him a little more work than we gave him the last couple of days, and we'll give him more (Thursday). He's making progress. We'll see."
Owens believes he can play most of the game, though conditioning is a potential hindrance. Because of the injury, he hasn't been able to maintain his normal workout routine.
"I am healthy enough," Owens said. "Whether my condition is up to par, that is a different story. But I think the adrenaline and atmosphere of the game will get me through it."
He compared the lingering pain to a routine ankle sprain.
"Every day it is going to be a little sore," he said. "The next day, after I go to bed and get up, I am feeling better. It is not really a setback. That is an encouraging sign that I am getting better."
Owens has already envisioned what it will be like to run through the tunnel for his first Super Bowl.
"I'm looking forward to that moment," he said. "I visualize myself coming out of that tunnel. I think the fans of Philadelphia are waiting for me to come out of that tunnel. They don't have to wait any longer. They need to know I am coming out of that tunnel one way or another."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.