Berea Report: The Winslow Rehab Begins

<BR>You can feel the heat rising as two teams badly needing a win to keep their hopes alive, the Redskins and Browns, prepare to collide on Sunday. On Wednesday afternoon, the Browns tried to explain the devastating Winslow injury, but before the spinning came Lee Suggs return to the practice field. Here's Mike with the Wednesday evening Berea report...<BR><BR>

BEREA – The estimated time of rehabilitation for injured tight end Kellen Winslow is four to five months.

According to head trainer Mike Colello, a second surgery on Winslow's right ankle Wednesday was successful. Winslow was resting comfortably at home and is expected to be full go for offseason workouts.

It was thought after the surgery nine days ago on Winslow's fractured fibula that he might return later this season. A second examination revealed the need to stabilize a high ankle sprain.

"At the time of (the first) surgery, the post-operative X-rays looked good," Colello said. "Our routine post-operative examine that we do on every surgical patient showed there was some more widening. That determined that he needed to have it stabilized."

Coach Butch Davis is pleased that doctors made the determination to have the second surgery.

"Wouldn't it had been a tragedy to go five to eight weeks and bring him back after the open date and it hadn't been fixed," Davis said. "Sometimes as much as a disappointment as it is, maybe it's a blessing that this way you know you're going to get him back 100 percent."

SUGGS IN ACTION: Running back Lee Suggs finally participated in a full practice Wednesday. Suggs, who suffered a neck stinger four weeks ago, is hopeful of playing Sunday.

"It's more realistic than it has been," Suggs said.

Running back Dee Brown, who was re-signed this week after being waived the previous week, will probably return kicks against the Redskins.

"When I'm back there, I feel like I'm the best back there," Brown said. "No discredit to anybody else who does the job."

The operative word at Davis' Monday press conference was "trust." Now players on offense are talking about a sense of urgency to correct mistakes.

"I realize that we do run the football well, but we need to create off of that," quarterback Jeff Garcia said. "More so than anything, we need to find a way to have a sense of urgency in the sense of not allowing things to get where they've gotten in games where it's the second half and figuring out what we're trying to do.

"Obviously, coming into a game we have a plan, and we know what we're capable of doing. Well, let's start doing that right from the beginning and not getting ourselves into a hole like we've been getting ourselves into."

GIBBS HIGH ON WINSLOW: Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said that he considered selecting Winslow with the fifth overall pick in the draft, but he decided instead on safety Sean Taylor.

"It was very close (to drafting Winslow)," Gibbs said. "I have great respect for him, and I loved coaching his dad. With those two guys (Jones and Winslow), you knew wherever they went they would be impact players. We ended up kind of going with defense here."

PRACTICE SQUAD MOVES: The Browns signed linebacker Chris Clemons to the practice squad and waived tight end Doug Ziegler. Clemons (6-foot-3, 234 pounds) spent his entire rookie season of 2003 on the Redskins' injured-reserve list with a torn knee ligament.

THIS WEEK'S HOSPITAL REPORT: Offensive tackle Ryan Tucker (quadriceps) and defensive tackle Gerard Warren (pectoral) are out. Questionable are defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban (shoulder), tight end Steve Heiden (knee), cornerback Anthony Henry (vertigo), defensive end Kenard Lang (knee), cornerback Daylon McCutcheon (finger), Suggs (neck) and guard Paul Zukauskas (knee).

Linebacker LaVar Arrington (knee) and defensive end Philip Daniels (groin) are out for the Redskins. Questionable are linebacker Michael Barrow (knee), safety Matt Bowen (groin) and running back Chad Morton (knee). Probable are receiver Laveranues Coles (finger) and cornerback Antonio Pierce (foot).


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