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Bad News for Winslow

Broken right leg could end the season for Cleveland's rookie tight end.

September 21, 2004|From Associated Press

BEREA, Ohio — Kellen Winslow Jr. will miss at least two months because of a broken right leg, and the Cleveland Browns might keep the rookie tight end out for the rest of the season.

Winslow broke his fibula -- a bone in his lower leg -- trying to recover an on-side kick late in Sunday's 19-12 loss at Dallas.

The first-round draft pick will have surgery today and might need screws and plates inserted in the leg, Brown trainer Mike Colello said Monday.

The team expects Winslow to make a full recovery in eight to 10 weeks, but Coach Butch Davis said the team has considered placing him on injured reserve.

Winslow was hurt in the final seconds of the game. As Winslow went after the ball, his legs got caught up in a pile.

Another injured tight end, Steve Heiden, is expected to return to practice this week.

Meanwhile, defensive end Courtney Brown tore a ligament in his left foot -- the latest injury for the former No. 1 overall draft pick -- and won't play again this season.

The roll call of other banged-up Browns includes: defensive tackle Gerard Warren (pulled chest muscle), cornerback Daylon McCutcheon (broken middle finger), right tackle Ryan Tucker (strained quadriceps) and left guard Paul Zukauskas (strained knee ligament).

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