Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens underwent surgery in Miami to repair a torn tendon in his right ring finger, two Texas newspapers reported yesterday.
"The doctor is very optimistic," Owens told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "I am happy I had the surgery."
The former Eagle added that he was happy that the doctor told him he will return to "100 percent."
The Cowboys would not comment when contacted by the Associated Press.
Owens caught 85 passes for 1,180 yards and an NFL-high 13 touchdowns but injured the finger in the latter part of the season and was plagued by drops.
The Cowboys must decide whether to bring him back for the second year of his three-year contract. If they keep him, they will have to pay him a $3 million roster bonus in June.
It was the second surgery involving his right ring finger in five months.
Redskins. Washington signed former Eagles defensive end Jamaal Green. The Camden native was the Birds' fourth-round draft pick after leaving Miami in 2003. He was released after the 2005 season and spent part of last season on the Redskins' practice squad.
Giants. New York is close to naming Jerry Reese as its new general manager, perhaps as early as next week, Newsday reported yesterday. Currently the Giants' director of player personnel, he is the leading in-house candidate to replace Ernie Accorsi, whose retirement becomes official Monday. Reese, 42, has overseen the last four drafts for the team.
Lions. Receiver Roy Williams has been added to the NFC Pro Bowl squad, replacing Torry Holt of the St. Louis Rams. Williams finished the season with an NFC-leading 1,310 receiving yards and 82 receptions, both career highs.
Chiefs. Tony Gonzalez agreed to a five-year contract extension with Kansas City that keeps him the highest-paid tight end in the NFL.
The eight-time Pro Bowler, just two touchdown catches short of the league record for his position, will receive about $17 million in guaranteed money, the Associated Press said.
Raiders. Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, son of former Eagles coach Buddy Ryan, interviewed for Oakland's head coaching vacancy.
Bengals. Linebacker David Pollack is encouraged by his recent surgery for a cracked bone in his neck but hasn't decided whether he will try to resume his NFL career. Pollack hurt himself while tackling Cleveland's Reuben Droughns in Cincinnati's second game of the season.
Browns. Offensive lineman Kelly Butler signed a two-year contract extension with Cleveland.
Seahawks. Darrell Jackson, Seattle's leading receiver, unexpectedly missed practice again.
Coach Mike Holmgren said Jackson's availability for Sunday's NFC divisional game in Chicago will be a game-time decision.