BEREA — Tight end Kellen Winslow missed his second straight practice Thursday with an undisclosed illness, and coach Romeo Crennel said he was being sent to a doctor for further examination.
“We’re going to send him to see the doctor to see if we can get him cleared up for the game,” Crennel said Thursday morning before practice.
Crennel was asked to elaborate on what the illness is.
“Not until after the doctors take a look at him and see if they can know what it is,” he said. “They will let us know.”
Winslow didn’t practice during the bye week to rest a knee that got banged against the Bengals. The players were off Tuesday, then he sat out Wednesday.
“He was still sick (Thursday), so we sent him to the doctors,” Crennel said.
Winslow leads the Browns with 19 catches for 170 yards and a touchdown. He’s played every game the last two seasons despite being hampered by a surgically repaired knee that gives him constant pain.
Crennel said a lack of practice time won’t keep Winslow from playing Monday night against the Giants if he’s healthy enough.
“He’s a valuable piece to this puzzle we have,” Crennel said. “If he’s able to do something, then we’ll let him do something, try to catch him up and let him play. I know that he’ll want to play. So he’ll do everything he can to be able to.”
Receiver Donte Stallworth is cautiously optimistic he’ll make his season debut Monday night.
“I think this week I can go out and help the team and not be a liability,” he said.
During the half-hour of practice open to the media Thursday, he didn’t participate in receiver drills and spent the time running and stretching under a trainer’s supervision. On the injury report, he was listed as participating fully.
• Safety Mike Adams was added to the list with a foot injury. He was limited in practice.
• Safety Sean Jones (knee), tackle Kevin Shaffer (concussion) and defensive lineman Shaun Smith (hand) didn’t practice. Smith will meet today with the doctor who performed his surgery last week, and expects to be cleared to practice and play.
Crennel and Giants coach Tom Coughlin were assistants with the Giants from 1988-90. Two decades later, they’re meeting for the first time in the regular season as head coaches.
“I knew that he was a good coach as an assistant,” Crennel said. “He was punctual, organized, he liked things done a particular way and he was kind of set in his ways a little bit. That has shown up as a head coach also.”
Coughlin has softened some of his disciplinarian ways recently, but still ruffles plenty of his players’ feathers. Crennel, meanwhile, is seen as a players coach with a soft touch.
“Romeo Crennel is an excellent football coach,” Coughlin said on a conference call. “He’s a great family man and outstanding individual, he’s a very good friend of mine.
“I had the privilege of coaching with him for a few years, but I’ve watched him for many years and he is a first-rate football coach and person.”
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