- The Washington Times - Monday, September 18, 2006

12:51 p.m.

IRVING, Texas — Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens will not play for two to four weeks after breaking a finger in his team’s 27-10 victory over the Washington Redskins last night.

The controversial wide receiver broke his right ring finger and will need surgery. Owens said the surgery would take place today, but the team said it also could be tomorrow. 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 in the off-season signed a three-year, $25 million deal with the club that includes a $5 million bonus and a $5 million salary this season. He missed much of training camp and the pre-season because of a hamstring injury, and he struggled against the Redskins.

Owens dropped a pass in the end zone on the opening drive, the first of three drops. He finished with three catches for 19 yards and got his hand X-rayed.

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.”

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