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Browns' Winslow suffers broken leg

Season may be over for first-round pick

Kellen Winslow Jr. will miss at least two months with a broken right leg, and the Cleveland Browns might keep the rookie tight end out for the rest of the season.

Winslow broke his fibula -- a bone in his lower leg -- trying to recover an onside kick late in Sunday's 19-12 loss at Dallas.

The first-round draft pick will have surgery today and might need screws and plates inserted in the leg, Browns trainer Mike Colello said yesterday.

The team expects Winslow to make a full recovery in 8-10 weeks, but coach Butch Davis said the team has considered placing him on injured reserve.

Winslow was hurt while diving to recover an onside kick in the final seconds. As Winslow went after the ball, his legs got caught up in a pile with teammates Barry Gardner and Eric Westmoreland.

Davis defended himself against criticism that Winslow shouldn't have been on the field during such a risky play.

"That would be tantamount to quitting," he said. "You're putting the best people you have out there."

Davis may choose to end Winslow's first pro season after two games by putting him on IR.

"It is something that we have discussed and at this time the answer is `No,' " Davis said.

The team also announced that defensive end Courtney Brown is done for the season. He tore a ligament in his left foot, ending another comeback.

It could be the final setback for the talented but seemingly fragile Brown, whose determination to keep coming back from injury has inspired his teammates.

Brown has been sidelined by injuries to both knees, his ankle, neck and elbow. Now it's his foot.

"He's frustrated," Davis said. "He feels like he let the team down. He apologized. Nobody cares more than Courtney Brown does. He just has some hard luck."

Maddox on the mat
Steelers quarterback Tommy Maddox will miss six weeks with an injured throwing elbow and be replaced by rookie Ben Roethlisberger. Maddox was injured during Sunday's loss to Baltimore when he was hit by Gary Baxter, who forced a fumble that was recovered by the Ravens . . . An MRI on Saints running back Deuce McAllister showed a sprain and a stretched ligament where the shin bone meets the right ankle. "He'll probably be out four to five weeks," coach Jim Haslett said . . . Edgerrin James, the Colts' top running back, strained his hamstring in Sunday's victory against Tennessee and may miss this week's game against Green Bay. James was hurt on a 30-yard run that ended with him diving into the end zone. The score sealed the Colts' 31-17 victory at Tennessee. Coach Tony Dungy said James did not believe the injury was serious. "He thinks he's fine," Dungy said. "But the MRI shows some damage in there. If he had to go today, I would say he's doubtful." . . . Cowboys rookie running back Julius Jones broke his left shoulder and is expected to be out about two months. Coach Bill Parcells said he didn't know exactly when Jones was injured during a 19-12 win over Cleveland on Sunday. "I'm sad to lose the player, sorry for him," Parcells said . . . Dolphins defensive tackle Larry Chester will miss the rest of the season because of a torn ligament in his right knee. Chester was injured in the first quarter of Sunday night's 16-13 loss in Cincinnati. He was able to walk off the field unassisted, but an MRI performed at halftime revealed the ligament tear . . . Broncos defensive end Trevor Pryce had an MRI on his lower back to determine the severity of nerve damage that kept him out of Denver's loss to Jacksonville. Pryce decided to sit out the 7-6 loss to the Jaguars on Sunday after warming up and realizing he had very little strength in his legs . . . Bears safety Mike Brown will miss the rest of the season after tearing his right Achilles' tendon in Sunday's victory over the Packers. Brown, who scooped up a fumble and returned it 95 yards for a TD at Green Bay, was injured in the closing minutes. He was carried off the field on a cart with his head covered by a towel . . . Jets defensive end Josh Evans will have back surgery and is out indefinitely, while linebacker Sam Cowart has a sprained left kneeand center Kevin Mawae has a broken finger that leaves their status in doubt for the Jets' Oct. 3 game against the Dolphins . . . Ravens tight end Todd Heap will miss two to four weeks with a sprained right ankle.

Brees shakes out cobwebs
Chargers quarterback Drew Brees expects to start Sunday at Denver despite sustaining a mild concussion in the loss to the Jets. "At this point I'm looking great for Sunday," Brees said. "I feel a lot better than I did after the game and [Sunday] night. Things are coming back. I should be ready to go by [tomorrow]." Brees sustained a concussion late in the third quarter on a helmet-to-helmet hit with safety Jon McGraw, who was called for roughing the passer. Brees was pulled for Doug Flutie with less than 4 minutes to go and the Chargers trailing, 34-21 . . . Patrick Ramsey will probably start at quarterback next week for the Redskins in place of Mark Brunell, who has a strained hamstring. Brunell and Ramsey accounted for five turnovers in Sunday's loss to the Giants. "We'll see how everything goes with Mark," coach Joe Gibbs said. "If you had to guess right now, I'd say [Ramsey's] probably going to be playing Monday night." Despite Ramsey's struggles, Gibbs said he would not consider starting third-stringer Tim Hasselbeck against the Cowboys . . . Chiefs cornerback Eric Warfield was arrested early yesterday morning on suspicion of drunken driving in Overland Park, Mo. Warfield's arrest came hours after the Chiefs (0-2) lost to the Panthers in Kansas City. Warfield had two interceptions in the game.

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