July 29, 2014

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Browns suspend Winslow for a week


BEREA – Tight end Kellen Winslow was suspended one game by the Browns for conduct detrimental to the team, general manager Phil Savage announced this evening in a statement.

 

Winslow will forfeit a game check, which is worth $235,294, or a 17th of his $4 million salary. Winslow won’t attend meetings or practice this week, won’t play Sunday at Jacksonville and will rejoin the team Monday.

 

“Kellen has expressed his desire to be a productive member of the Cleveland Browns,” Savage said in a statement. “His comments and behavior on Sunday evening, however, were unwarranted, inappropriate, and unnecessarily disparaging to our organization.

 

“His statements brought unjustified negative attention to our organization, and violated the team-first concept of our football squad.”

 

Following a 14-11 loss to the Redskins, Winslow told the Plain Dealer he had spent three nights in the Cleveland Clinic with a staph infection, despite the team’s decision not to release details of the illness. He also was upset that Savage didn’t call him during his hospital stay and said that he feels “like a piece of meat.”

He then told ESPN.com that the team was more concerned about the organization than the players when it decided to keep his staph infection private.

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The Cleveland Browns suspended tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. for a week.

 

“The Cleveland Browns are committed to winning and taking care of our players,” Savage said. “We are also committed to protecting the privacy of our players, particularly with regard to medical issues.

 

“To that end, following discussions with Kellen Winslow and his representation, the Browns agreed to make every effort to maintain the confidentiality of his recent medical condition.”

 

Winslow missed the win over the Giants on Oct. 13 with the staph infection. He returned to practice Friday and played Sunday against the Redskins, catching two passes for 17 yards.