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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - It seems Terrell Owens plans to play in the Super Bowl, ignoring his doctor's orders.
Owens reportedly told ESPN's Michael Irvin that, barring any setbacks, he will play against the New England Patriots.
What's more, Owens reportedly made more progress Thursday, running on the field at the Eagles' indoor practice facility.
Owens was then within earshot of reporters when he reportedly shouted to Eagles' trainer Rick Burkholder, ""Everybody said I couldn't do it, Rick. But it's going down."
FOXSports.com's Jay Glazer reported that the Eagles ran the injured wide receiver Tuesday night and he was able to make cuts without experiencing pain in his surgically repaired ankle. Barring any setbacks, the plan is to have Owens practice with the team on Monday.
On Wednesday, Burkholder said that Owens plans to continue rehabbing his injured ankle in an attempt to suit up for the big game on Feb. 6.
Dr. Mark Myerson, the surgeon who operated on the All-Pro receiver in December, said Tuesday he would not clear Owens to play in the Super Bowl.
"We understand Dr. Myerson's point of view. It's just that our risk-reward is different than his risk-reward," Burkholder said. "He has great risk in clearing Terrell to play and no reward. We think there's some risk and we think there's great reward, so right now we're going to progress with his rehab."
Owens was at the Eagles' practice facility for rehab work Wednesday, but the team did not make Owens available to reporters.
On Monday, before hearing Myerson's bad news, Owens said: "Spiritually I've been healed and I believe that I'll be out there on that field Sunday, regardless of what anybody says."
Myerson inserted two screws in Owens' right ankle and a plate on the outside of the ankle three days after he was injured against Dallas on Dec. 19. By not clearing Owens to play, Myerson should be absolved of any blame if Owens goes against his wishes and winds up re-injuring the ankle.
Owens was told after surgery that he had only an outside chance of returning for the Super Bowl, which was 6 1/2 weeks away at the time. But he rehabbed vigorously, hoping to help Philadelphia win its first NFL championship since 1960.
But after a checkup Tuesday in Baltimore, Myerson said that while he's pleased with Owens' recuperation, the operation requires a recovery period of eight to 10 weeks. Myerson added that any attempt to accelerate the rehabilitation process poses the same risk for injury.
Burkholder said Owens worked out on a treadmill when he returned to Philadelphia on Tuesday.
"We will continue to see whether he can jog and see how he does day in and day out, see if he can change direction," Burkholder said Wednesday.
"If he passes all those tests, then we'll start talking about practice time. Right now, the game isn't even in our vision right now. If he has any setbacks in his rehab, then the whole idea of playing in the Super Bowl is probably off."
In his first season with the Eagles after eight years in San Francisco, Owens led Philadelphia with 77 catches for 1,200 yards and 14 TDs.
Quarterback Donovan McNabb and other Eagles have said they don't need Owens to beat the defending champion Patriots, who are 7-point favorites.
"We can win it without T.O. But, if he is there, we can win it with him and we are definitely going to try to win it without him," McNabb said Monday.
"I think he will be back," he added. "But, if he can't be back, we have to continue this ship home."