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Playing injured, Owens still a handful

Terrell Owens defied odds and turned in a magnificent performance in his first game following ankle surgery.

Originally Published: February 6, 2005
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Medical science might need to do a case study on Terrell Owens. He might have made the greatest recovery from an injury in 39 years of the Super Bowl.

Just seven weeks ago, Owens broke his leg and tore a critical ligament in his right ankle. He needed surgery and his surgeon wouldn't clear him to play against the Patriots. The medical world thought he was crazy. Owens fooled them all by playing 62 of 72 offensive snaps and catching nine passes for 122 yards.

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