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Browns TE Winslow has knee surgery

CLEVELAND (June 14, 2005) -- Browns tight end Kellen Winslow had the right knee ligament he tore during a motorcycle accident fixed during surgery.

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, already is 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 June 13, 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.

Winslow wrecked his high-powered motorcycle May 1 when he lost control trying a stunt and hit a curb in a secluded parking lot near his home. The 21-year-old was thrown over the handlebars and spent nine days in the hospital.

The Browns are expected to ask Winslow to return a portion of a large bonus he got in March. Winslow broke a "dangerous activities" clause in his contract that forbids him from riding a motorcycle.

In an interview with the Akron Beacon Journal, Winslow said he was aware he was breaching his contract.

"I'm grown. I still have to live my life," Winslow told the newspaper. "I did know the circumstances behind it, but I'm still learning. I'm young. You think you're invincible. You think nothing's going to happen to you. It was a mistake."

Meanwhile, first-round draft pick Braylon Edwards missed his second day of minicamp to attend an uncle's funeral. Edwards was expected to return to Cleveland, but Browns coach Romeo Crennel said the wide receiver from Michigan likely will sit out workouts June 15.

Edwards strained a muscle and the team doesn't want him to make it worse by trying to do too much in one day.

The Associated Press News Service

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