August 28, 2014

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Browns notes: Shoulder injury limits Winslow

BEREA — Coach Romeo Crennel said he didn’t know what the word meant, but it’s not good for the Browns.
Crennel said tight end Kellen Winslow had a “mild subluxation” of his left shoulder, which means it’s partially dislocated. He didn’t practice Wednesday but said he’d play Sunday vs. the Ravens.
“I don’t know what that means, either, but that’s what they tell me,” Crennel said when a reporter asked about subluxation.
According to WebMD.com, a subluxation occurs when two joint surfaces have lost their usual contact. A dislocation is the same as a 100 percent subluxation.
Winslow hurt the shoulder Sunday at the end of the loss to the Raiders when he was driven into the ground after making a catch over the middle.
“When he came down on it, boom, he hit it pretty hard and it moved just a little bit,” Crennel said. “We have to get that soreness out of there, get him some strength back and then he’ll be good to go.”
Winslow quickly walked in and out of the locker room before practice and said he wasn’t talking. A reporter asked if he was playing.
“Of course, I am,” he said as he walked away.
Winslow has 16 catches for 271 yards and a touchdown.

Willie sighting

Linebacker Willie McGinest returned to practice Wednesday after surgery to repair a bulging disc Aug. 9. He was limited, and Crennel said it was doubtful he’d be able to play Sunday.
“He’s been working hard and we’ll just have to see how he feels going against blockers, recognizing schemes and things like that,” Crennel said.
McGinest was solid against the run last year in his first season with the Browns and should help a defense ranked near the bottom of the league.

What about Gary?

Crennel said defensive back Gary Baxter (knees) is improving but probably isn’t ready to play in a game. Crennel was asked about carrying Baxter on the roster even though he’s been unable to play in any of the games.
“Well, he’s making improvement every week,” Crennel said. “As long as he continues to make improvement then there’s a chance that he can get back, be healthy and be ready to play.”
Baxter has been practicing for almost two months, but remains limited.

Injury report

Third receiver Tim Carter (knee), defensive end Orpheus Roye (knee) and linebacker Antwan Peek (foot) didn’t practice. Punter Dave Zastudil was limited, but did make some kicks during the part of practice open to the media.
Roye had preseason surgery to clean up cartilage in one knee, but the current swelling is in the other knee. He said he felt OK and would be fine for Sunday. Peek is managing his foot strain by not practicing early in the week but playing in the games.
For the Ravens, cornerback Samari Rolle (illness) was listed as out. Quarterback Steve McNair (groin) and left tackle Jonathan Ogden (toe) practiced.

Standup guy

Tackle Nat Dorsey has been widely criticized for allowing his man, Tommy Kelly, to block the potential winning field goal Sunday. Crennel has repeatedly said that the blockers “relaxed.”
“No. Definitely not that,” Dorsey said. “It’s one of the most highest pressures you’re going to be under.
“I feel horrible about it. I looked at it like a thousand times. It’s something that just happened. It’s my fault. I should’ve got lower or whatever. Hindsight is 20-20.”
Crennel said the coaches might change the field-goal protection team.
“We might slide one, two guys around,” he said. “Focus and concentration is the thing. If players did what they’d been doing for the game, we wouldn’t even be talking about it.”

How’s Art?

Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was asked during a conference call if former Browns and Ravens owner Art Modell still attended practice.
“Oh, yes, of course. He’s still Art. Art hasn’t changed,” he said. “He is going to come out and give you some motivation. He’s going to kiss you on the cheek. He’s going to be Art. Art is a beautiful man.”
Contact Scott Petrak at 329-7135 or spetrak@chroniclet.com.