Terrell Owens: I'll be playing within a month

Chad Ochocinco (left) and Terrell Owens (right) of the Cincinnati Bengals are pictured during the Bengals training camp at Georgetown College on July 31, 2010 in Georgetown, Ky.
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Terrell Owens gave an interview to ESPN Wednesday in which he announced he was retiring, then proclaimed he was joking, then declared that he was returning to the NFL in a "month or less."

Now fans are wondering: is this for real or a joke?

Many skeptics doubt that the 37-year-old wideout can fully recover, let alone play well, after offseason knee surgery.

But Owens told ESPN's Stephen A. Smith that he considered himself at 75 percent following rehab and treatment for meniscus and ACL injuries. He also confirmed a report that he had travelled to Korea to get stem cell therapy on his injured knee.

Some fans and sports pundits may be skeptical of the aging star with a nose for PR and a penchant for controversy. But the numbers don't lie: Last season for the Bengals, T.O. had 73 catches for 983 yards and nine touchdowns.

Not bad for a 37-year-old who just announced his retirement.