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You know, I want to feel sorry for this guy, but I can't help laughing my ass off

Same here. Set for life doing something you love to do...and you p*ss it all away because you wanna do motorcycle stunts like the guys on TV. What an idiot.

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Browns' Winslow scheduled for Tuesday knee surgery

June 13, 2005

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

BEREA, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. will undergo surgery Tuesday on his right knee, which he injured while attempting to ride his high-powered motorcycle last month.

Winslow tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee when he crashed his motorcycle into a parking lot curb at 35 mph. The 21-year-old was hospitalized for nine days after being thrown over the handlebars.

On the opening day of Cleveland's minicamp, Browns coach Romeo Crennel said Winslow, who has not commented publicly about the accident, will miss the entire 2005 season -- the first time the team has been allowed to reveal that information because of federal privacy laws.

"Hopefully he'll have a good repair," Crennel said, "and we'll get him back on the field at some point, whenever that is."

Wearing a brace on his knee and a backward Cleveland Indians cap, Winslow watched intently from the sideline as the Browns practiced. As he walked off the field, Winslow said, "I'm all right. Thanks."

Based on his experience with other players, Crennel said Winslow will likely need nine months to recover from the operation. At the time of his accident, Winslow was still rehabbing a broken right leg that he suffered in his second game as a rookie.

"He is back to square one," Crennel said. "He'll be where he was last year, having to rehab an injury. Hopefully at this time next year he'll be back on the field. Hopefully we'll have a player then."

Winslow violated a "dangerous activities" clause in his contract by riding the motorcycle, which he had purchased in April. Now that he has missed a mandatory team event, the team can begin asking for a portion of the $4.4 million bonus he was paid in March.

The Browns have not yet informed Winslow that they will ask him to return some of the money.

Although his only public comments about the accident and injuries have come in a recently released statement, Winslow has expressed remorse to Crennel and his teammates.

"He's a good friend of everyone in here," said tight end Steve Heiden. "I've got nothing but positive things to say about him."

Cleveland traded a second-round pick to move up one spot and select Winslow with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. But Winslow, who briefly held out of training camp in a contract dispute, made just five catches before breaking his ankle while trying recover an onside kick in Week 2 at Dallas and missing the final 14 games.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

NFL notebook

Winslow's knee surgery goes well

The Associated Press

CLEVELAND - Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. had successful surgery Tuesday to repair the right knee ligament he tore in a motorcycle accident.

The club said Winslow's anterior cruciate ligament was successfully repaired by team Dr. Anthony Miniaci at the Cleveland Clinic.

Winslow, who will miss the 2005 season, was already at home recovering, the Browns said. He will begin a rehabilitation program immediately. Typically, players with Winslow's type of injury take nine months to recover.

On Monday, Winslow disclosed for the first time that in addition to the knee injury, he lacerated his liver and kidney, bruised his right shoulder and cracked a bone in his upper right leg in the crash.

The Browns are expected to ask Winslow to return a portion of a $4.4 million bonus he got in March.

Winslow broke a "dangerous activities" clause in his contract that forbids him from riding a motorcycle.

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Sunday, July 17, 2005

NFL Insider

Winslow paying big price; Recklessness on motorcycle already has cost him money and playing time

By Mark Curnutte

Enquirer staff writer

The legal issues surrounding Kellen Winslow Jr.'s motorcycle accident May 1 were concluded last week, but the young tight end is paying a high price for his mistake.

The legal details: He entered a plea of no contest to a charge of failing to control his vehicle and was fined $150. Two points were charged against his Ohio driver's license.

The bigger cost: Winslow is out for the season after requiring major surgery to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He flipped over the handlebars of the highly charged bike.

As a result of the accident, Winslow was in breach of his contract, a transgression that figures to force him to give up more than $10 million. His contract specifically prohibits hazardous activities such as riding a motorcycle.

The Browns reportedly have recouped $5.05 million in signing and option bonuses already paid to Winslow. The Browns aren't commenting. Another $2 million was due Friday, and it was widely believed the Browns withheld that amount. Winslow is due a final signing bonus payment of $950,000 on Dec. 15 and an option bonus payment of $2.4125 million on July 15 next year. That final payment might be honored by the Browns if Winslow is active and playing by then.

RAVENS: Another of the Bengals' AFC North division rivals will head to training camp with much the same defensive personnel but a new scheme under a new coordinator.

Even with eight starters returned, coordinator Rex Ryan has said he primarily will use the 46 Defense made famous by his father, Buddy Ryan, as Chicago's coordinator in the 1980s. Employing eight-man fronts to stop the run and blitzes to keep the pass game off balance, the 46 doesn't appear to be too much of a departure from the style of defense the Ravens have played since Bengals coach Marvin Lewis was their coordinator.

The biggest defensive loss in Baltimore was the departure of run-stuffing linebacker Edgerton Hartwell, who is being replaced by newcomer Tommy Polley, a less physical player.

STEELERS: Second-year quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will have three new offensive starters surrounding him this season.

Gone in free agency are wide receiver Plaxico Burress (Giants), guard Keydrick Vincent (Ravens) and tackle Oliver Ross (Cardinals). Burress' duty probably will be shared by two receivers, after the promotion of Antwaan Randle El to starter and the acquisition of former 49ers backup Cedrick Wilson. Guard Kendall Simmons will return from an ACL injury last August to replace Vincent, and Max Starks will be promoted to play right tackle in place of Ross.

BOULWARE'S WHEREABOUTS: Ex-Ravens linebacker Peter Boulware has drawn attention from the Saints and Seahawks. Seattle was once believed to be the most likely destination for Boulware.

He held a workout for teams last week in Tallahassee, Fla.

The Saints also are interested in former Seahawks linebacker Anthony Simmons. Boulware, 30, is trying to calm fears about his health with regular workouts.

Written, in part, from notes provided by other NFL beat writers.

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