Kellen Winslow broke free of his hospital bed on Tuesday, but it will still
be a while before he breaks free of tacklers on a football field. Winslow has
been hospitalized since a motorcycle accident on May 1.
The 2004 draft pick, considered so valuable that the Browns traded a
second-round pick to move up one spot to grab him, hobbled out of the Cleveland
Clinic this afternoon on crutches. According to published reports, he avoided
putting pressure on his damaged leg, but did manage to turn and give
photographers a "thumbs-up" before moving on.
Winslow also had the Browns release a statement to the press this afternoon:
“I would like to thank my family, friends, fans, the Cleveland Browns, and
the staff at The Cleveland Clinic for their support. I am determined more than
ever to get back on the field with my coaches and teammates as soon as
possible. I’m okay and excited to be going home. I would like to thank
everyone in advance for respecting my privacy as I recover.”
Browns head coach Romeo Crennel was reportedly encouraged by Winslow's
progress, saying that the tight end would return to the team, albeit on an
The Browns have not given any public indication of whether they intend to
pursue Winslow for compensation, and information about Winslow's injuries has
been based mostly on leaks and public speculation.
Bernie's Insiders reported on
the extent of Winslow's injuries last Wednesday, but additional information
and a prognosis for recovery have been kept quiet. It is still a subject of some
mystery as to whether Winslow has suffered a tear or sprain of his ACL, which
would have a huge impact on Winslow's ability to return quickly.
- Site Staff