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Published: Sunday, 7/29/2007

Winslow looking good

BY MAUREEN FULTON
BLADE SPORTS WRITER
Cleveland tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. tied Ozzie Newsome for the team receptions record with 89 catches last year despite dealing with lingering knee pain from a 2005 motorcycle accident. Cleveland tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. tied Ozzie Newsome for the team receptions record with 89 catches last year despite dealing with lingering knee pain from a 2005 motorcycle accident.
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BEREA, Ohio Kellen Winslow, Jr. has made yet another comeback in his young career, this time from offseason microfracture surgery on his knee.

But although Winslow looked good catching balls in 11-on-11 drills yesterday at the Browns practice facility, he still isn t 100 percent in his recovery.

I still understand and realize that we still have to be careful with him and manage him, Browns coach Romeo Crennel said. Probably, during our two-a-days, we will not practice him on every two-a-day. He ll get a practice off. We ll play it by ear.

In 2006 Winslow tied Ozzie Newsome for the team receptions record with 89 catches. He said yesterday that his knee bothered him the entire year as a lingering result from the motorcycle accident in the spring of 2005, but he never considered shutting it down when the Browns were out of playoff contention.

I felt I owed the Cleveland Browns last season, Winslow said. It was very difficult, what I went through last season coming off my injury, but I felt good and I think I did pretty well. I just want to help the team win.

Microfracture surgery can be a career-ending procedure for many players, but Winslow said after what he went through with the motorcycle accident, as well as breaking his fibula his rookie season in 2004, it didn t faze him. He s still learning what his knee can handle before he can know what to expect this season.

It is not what it once was before the accident, but I work my way around things, Wins-low said. I can t plant as hard as I want sometimes, but I work around it.

SANDERS WORKING: Former Bowling Green State University wide receiver Steve Sanders is in training camp with the Browns for the second straight year.

I know what to expect a little bit more this time around, Sanders said. I hope to come out and just continue to get better.

Sanders was cut last year, but was signed to the practice squad the last week of the season. This gave Sanders a chance to go to NFL Europe, where he played for the Berlin Thunder this spring. In 10 games Sanders had 14 catches for 251 yards.

The Browns sent me over to Europe to get experience and see how I would play in a game, Sanders said. It was great. It was a place I would have never thought I would have gone. It was good to experience the culture and also to get an opportunity to show what I can do.

WRIGHT TIME: Crennel had rookie cornerback Eric Wright do some quick sprint tests at the beginning of practice. After he agreed to a contract late Thursday night, Wright missed Friday s practice because of flight delays coming back from the West Coast.

I didn t see any hitches or limps or anything like that, Crennel said. He showed that he might be able to do something.

Later in practice Wright, a second-round pick out of UNLV, was stretching on the sidelines.

It was just the usual soreness, Wright said. I didn t know when I would actually get here so I ve been working out but today was pretty hard. I came in late [Friday] night to do the physical and now I m going to go get some treatment on it so I can be back out later.

DAY TWO: The team had 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills in full pads. At quarterback, Charlie Frye looked better than Derek Anderson, who threw a ball into the stands and underthrew a pass that turned into an interception for Brodney Pool. The highlight of the morning practice was Josh Cribbs 40-yard halfback pass to Mike Mason.

The biggest cheers came when special teams coordinator Ted Daisher chewed out several players during punt return drills.

Daisher said he was a positive person but, Sometimes you need to catch their attention a little bit.



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