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Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 10/06/2011

Terrell Owens says he could return to NFL in “a month or less”

Amid all the high-scoring games, mesmerizing quarterback performances and resuscitated franchises, one constant has been missing from the NFL this season: the diva wide receiver.
”Get your popcorn ready, ‘cause I’m gonna put on a show.” (Don Wright - AP)

With Randy Moss retired, Terrell Owens out of the game while he recovers from offseason knee surgery, and Chad Ochocinco now in lock-step with the Bill Belichick regime in New England there’s a sudden dearth of drama among the league’s elite wideouts.

If Owens has his way, that may change much sooner than most expect.

In an interview with ESPN’s equally dramatic Stephen A. Smith on Wednesday, Owens said he could return to the league in “a month or less.”

Owens tore his anterior cruciate ligament in April, and during the interview joked that he had planned to retire.

But the mercurial 37-year-old remains confident he can come back “even better next year.”

“I’m not gonna waste your time, so I wouldn’t expect you to waste my time,” Owens said. “When I step on the field, you know what you gonna get.”

The Tennessee Titans desperately need reinforcements at receiver after losing top target Kenny Britt for the season a torn ACL and MCL, but last week coach Mike Munchak said Owens and Moss were not on the team’s radar. Other teams that could use another threat at receiver? The Jaguars (last in the league in passing), Rams (receiving corps ravaged by injuries), Chiefs (need all the offensive help they can get) and Vikings (a McNabb-T.O. reunion?).

Owens was in South Korea last month reportedly receiving stem-cell therapy on his knee according to The Korea Times. Peyton Manning also underwent a stem-cell procedure in Europe before his September neck surgery.

T.O. is scheduled to travel to London later this month along with Jerome Bettis and other former players to represent the NFL ahead of an Oct. 23 game between Tampa Bay and Chicago at Wembley Stadium.

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