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Old 05-03-2005, 05:41 AM   #1
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Winslow suffers internal injuries in wreck


WESTLAKE, Ohio (AP) - Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. sustained internal injuries when he was thrown from a motorcycle, the team said Monday night.

Winslow, who missed most of last season with a broken right leg, also has swelling in his right shoulder and right knee. The extent of those injuries won't be known until further tests are performed and the swelling subsides.

The Browns didn't provide details of Winslow's internal injuries, but said they are not life-threatening. Winslow had complained of chest pains after he was injured Sunday.

Winslow is being treated at the Cleveland Clinic by the team's medical staff, Browns spokesman Bill Bonsiewicz said. He will be hospitalized overnight and there is no timetable for his release, the team said.

Winslow was riding in a community college parking lot Sunday when he hit a curb at about 35 mph and was thrown from the motorcycle, Westlake police Lt. Ray Arcuri said.

"He went over the handlebars and was real evasive about what the injuries were," Arcuri said.

The 21-year-old Winslow was wearing a helmet, but it wasn't strapped on and flew off his head, Arcuri said. He landed in a landscaped area at the edge of the parking lot, falling hard enough to tear out a small tree.

He and four other men were riding motorcycles in the parking lot, not far from Winslow's home in suburban Cleveland. There was no alcohol involved, Arcuri said....

Many professional athletes have contract clauses that prohibit them from dangerous activities, including motorcycles. Browns spokeswoman Amy Palcic declined comment on whether Winslow's deal has a similar provision, saying the team doesn't release contract information.

The NFL Network reports Winslow's incentive-laden, six-year, $40 million contract is littered with language that forbids "hazardous activities" such as "motorcycling." This means that Winslow has put the majority of the contract at risk. The Browns now could ask Winslow to return the $4.4 million option bonus they paid him March 1, as well as a significant portion of the $6 million signing bonus they paid him last year.

The first-round draft pick broke his right leg against Dallas in Week 2 while attempting to recover an onside kick in the final seconds. He missed the rest of his rookie season.

Winslow had five receptions for 50 yards in his first two pro games.

He has had two operations on the leg and said in March that he expected it to be fully healed for this season. Winslow signed a six-year, $40 million contract with the Browns, but lost a $5.3 million bonus because of the leg injury.

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Old 05-03-2005, 09:42 AM   #2
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Braylon Edwards is looking like an even better pick now, huh
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Old 05-03-2005, 03:07 PM   #3
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First Jay Williams, now Winslow. Don't these athletes know what their risking? Their bodies and physical talents are their livelihood and yet they're so careless.
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Old 05-03-2005, 06:08 PM   #4
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Not to mention it looks like the Browns are now going to be able to recoup a large chunk of signing bonus money if he misses any significant time due to this. Forget Jay Williams one would think these guys would have learned from Ron Gant who lost a lucrative deal from the Braves and basically had to take a minimal contract when he got back into the big leagues.
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Old 05-05-2005, 06:53 PM   #5
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First Jay Williams, now Winslow. Don't these athletes know what their risking? Their bodies and physical talents are their livelihood and yet they're so careless.

Especially in the NFL, where there are no guaranteed contracts.

(I mean on the other hand...it's not like, "Whoa...lost like $5 mil...man, $35 mil ain't gonna cover my bills!" )
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Old 05-05-2005, 10:51 PM   #6
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Sounds like he may not play at all next year, it is starting to be reported that Winslow tore an ACL in his accident.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/column...len&id=2053831
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Yes, the injury sounds very serious, and Winslow could lose his contract, but don't surprised if he comes back in a big way since he is "A SOLDIER!!!" after all.
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I think that professional athletes doing this kind of stuff is ridiculous. They basically show that they take what they have been given for granted. They think that because they are pro athletes that they are invincible and that nothing can hurt them. It is very simple if you are told in your contract not to do something and you sign that contract then don't do it. Even if it isn't in your contract I still don't get why you would take a risk like that. You have been given a great oppurtunity to play a game for a living and make millions while you are doing it. I don't get why you would risk that.
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Anyone hear about Ben Roethlisberger pubically stating he will continue to ride his motor bike *without* a helmet, even after this incident? Sigh.
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It looks like Winslow is on pace to become a latter-day Gary Beban!
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