Center released but expected to return

As expected, Frank Winters was released by the Green Bay Packers Monday in a salary cap move. The veteran center is expected to be re-signed and compete for a backup job behind Mike Flanagan.<p>

Winters was scheduled to earn a basy salary of $2 million this season. He likely will be re-signed for the veteran's minimum of $755,000.

Winters, 39, played in all 16 games for the 10th time in his 16 NFL seasons and started in 11 games, including Green Bay's playoff game against Atlanta.

Winters underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Jan. 8 to remove cartilage.

Winters was one of just 11 players on an NFL roster in 2002 with 16 or more years of experience.

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