Fifteen days ago, Bills receiver Terrell Owens injured his toe during limited work at the Hall of Fame game.
Owen returned to practice last Monday. Though coach Dick Jauron refused to call it a setback, T.O. had a setback.
A week later, Owens still isn’t practicing.
“He says it feels a lot better,” Bills coach Dick Jauron said Monday in comments circulated by the team. “We won’t bring him back onto the field though until we feel like it’s all the way back to where it was. It doesn’t make any sense for us to do that. So it’s critical that he does get back as soon as he can to get the timing and get his reps in and get his work done.”
Asked whether it’s important to get Owens on the field for the next-to-last preseason game, the traditional dress rehearsal for the regular-season opener, Jauron said, “I can’t say that it’s critically important. I can’t say that. We just need to get him back as soon as he’s healthy enough to get back on the field. Clearly he knows how to play in the National Football League, but everybody needs their timing and work on the field to work with the quarterbacks particularly, so we’ll get him back as quickly as we can.”
Owens’ extended absence has tempered some of the enthusiasm surrounding the Bills, but that will all be forgotten if he’s in the starting lineup for Week One — and if he’s able to stay there.