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Browns concerned with Winslow's knee

CLEVELAND (May 4, 2005) -- Kellen Winslow's internal injuries from a motorcycle accident are improving, but the Cleveland Browns are concerned with damage to his right knee, the team said.

Winslow was injured in an accident that sent him flying over the handlebars of his newly purchased motorcycle the night of May 1.

The Browns issued a statement saying his knee will continue to be re-evaluated but declined to provide any specifics.

The 21-year-old tight end remains hospitalized at the Cleveland Clinic and a timetable for his release has not been determined.

The team also reported Winslow is in good spirits. He has had a number of visitors over the past few days, including team president John Collins, general manager Phil Savage, coach Romeo Crennel and teammates.

Winslow's injuries are another setback for him and the struggling Browns. His rookie season ended when he broke his right leg during an onside kick in a Week 2 loss against Dallas. He lost a multimillion-dollar bonus last season because of the leg injury that dealt a severe blow to Cleveland's offense.

With his leg still on the mend, Winslow purchased a sport bike last month and was learning how to ride it in a parking lot when he hit a curb. He complained of chest pains after the crash.

Winslow's use of a motorcycle might have violated standard NFL player contract language that prohibits players from engaging in dangerous activities. If so, Cleveland could require him to pay back a multimillion-dollar signing bonus he received in March.

The Browns have declined to comment on his contract.

The Associated Press News Service

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