Terrell Owens: Is Stem Cell Research Breathing New Life in the Aging Star?

Kyle SkovCorrespondent IIOctober 9, 2011

ATLANTA - OCTOBER 24:  Terrell Owens #81 of the Cincinnati Bengals against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on October 24, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Is it time for Terrell Owens to step away from the game he loves? T.O. still dreams of being the enigmatic personality that he has been in the NFL. He wants to return and has gone to South Korea for treatment on his torn ACL, suffered during the offseason.

The choice to go to South Korea was to use stem cell research that is illegal in the United States, even though stem—cell therapy does not violate the drug policies of the major sports leagues in the U.S.

“Players have the right to choose their medical care, they are going to have to make those decisions," Commissioner Roger Goodell said. "You have to know who you being treated by and what you are treated with. That's the responsibility of the players if they are going to go outside the system."

This means that Owens is doing nothing wrong in the eyes of the league, and if he's is able to make it back to the league, it could start a precedent for more players to try it.

FOX Insider Jay Glazer reported on FOX NFL Sunday that T.O.'s rehab is ahead of schedule.

Another star who has experimented with stem cell research is Colts QB Peyton Manning. He went to Europe and had his own fat injected into his neck to repair nerve and muscle damage.

With two big names advocating the experimental research will there be more players that follow?

It definitely will be the case is they both can make it back into the league and perform.

Terrell Owens had a pretty good season with the Bengals in 2010, with 72 receptions for 983 yards and 9 touchdowns.

It is also notable that he behaved better than both his teammates, Chad Ochocinco and Carson Palmer.

Owens still has the capability to play and if the question mark of his knee gets cleared up there will definitely be a team that will take a chance on the 15-year veteran. And it will all be owed to Stem Cell research.