Kellen Winslow Jr. Shares That A Staph Infection Was His 'Unspecified Illness'

I Know Cleveland Is A Dirty Town, But This Is Getting Out Of Control

10/20/08 in NFL   |   CriticalFanatic   |   respect


People around Cleveland have been wondering what's happened to Kellen Winslow the past couple weeks because Romeo Crennel has taken a Bill Belichick approach to sharing player news and thus 'unspecified illness' was listed next to their starting tight end.

Turns out, Winslow has been soldiering through a staph infection that has hospitalized him. So why is this significant news? Well, the Browns organization has now had six cases of staph infection over the last few years and according to Winslow, failed to fully make him aware of his illness/injury for fear of the news leaking out.

"I didn't want to be a distraction and I didn't want it to steer us away from our focus, which was on the Washington Redskins. Then I thought about it, and thought about it, and this is the right thing to do to get it out there and let it be known that this is not right.

"They didn't even want me going to the Cleveland Browns' facility because they didn't want me to get re-infected. Something is wrong up there. It needs to be fixed."

"Nobody knew that I had staph on the team because the Browns didn't want it to get out. But it's my teammates' right to know what's going on at the facility to protect them. Their safety is at risk, too, and I didn't agree with the Cleveland Browns, because they are protecting the organization and not the players."

Winslow went on to accuse the Browns of treating him like a piece of meat. Uh, hey Kellen. This is the NFL... you basically are just a piece of meat. What, you think you're a soldier or something?

Anyways, the point here is that the Browns organization clearly has some serious issues its handling of injuries and infections. One or two cases of staph infection might be tolerable over the course of a few years, but SIX is not. IT would be wise for general manager Phil Savage to wipe clean his entire medical staff and start anew.


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10/21/08   |   derms33   |   17649 respect

Callmegoose wrote:
I think the Browns should just trade Winslow in the offseason.  He's a huge lockerroom distraction, plus his backup Heiden is only lacking in blocking ability and ability to stretch the field.  I think Heiden is a better receiver than Winslow.  Who knows maybe we could get a real starting QB for him.

First of all...Rucker was drafted to take his place.  Heiden will never be a feature TE.  I think the Browns have a starter that they traded to get in the FIRST round a couple of years ago.  Quinn should be the QB but I am through beating that Horse.  I said it loooong before the season started.  Winslow may be traded for a 2nd or 3rd rounder.  His injury concerns would never merit a #1

10/21/08   |   keebs8   |   1701 respect

derms33 wrote:
Pogo's is closed...he went to BW's

Bw's is the place to be!! for the food of course, the last time I was there and ate some many chicken wings I totalled my Mom's car, darn it somebody must have spiked the Buffalo sauce with Jack or something,, lol... 

10/21/08   |   Callmegoose

He's had 1 really good year, but that is it. 

10/21/08   |   Callmegoose

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ever since he called himself a warrior back @ the u of miami everything's come back to haunt winslow & his daddy was/is 10,000 times the ballplayer jr is/will ever be

He said "I'm an F'n solder."  But I agree he'll never be half the man his daddy was let alone ballplayer.  I really hate "ME players" that don't produce all the time. 

10/21/08   |   Callmegoose

I think the Browns should just trade Winslow in the offseason.  He's a huge lockerroom distraction, plus his backup Heiden is only lacking in blocking ability and ability to stretch the field.  I think Heiden is a better receiver than Winslow.  Who knows maybe we could get a real starting QB for him.

10/20/08   |   derms33   |   17649 respect

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LOL Derms.... Its all a cover up we know Kellen went to Pogo's.

Pogo's is closed...he went to BW's

10/20/08   |   m_jtiny

COACH CRENNELL, BRADY SHOULD BE STARTING !D.A NEEDS TO SIT AND GET TRHINGS TOGETHER !BRADY IS OUR QB OF THE FUTURE, THE FUTURE IS NOW ,NOT 59 YRS FROM ! THE COACHING STAFF HAS TO GET THEIR ACTS TOGETHER ! THE BROWNS CLOCK MANAGEMENT IN THE REDSKINS GAME AND ALL SEASON LONG HAS BEEN A JOKE! AND THE FRUSTRATION IS SHOWING WITH THE PLAYERS SHOVONG EACH OTHER{VICKERS AND D.A YESTERDAY,D,A. Edwards &JAMAL LEWIS IN THE BENGALS GAME ! SOMETHING GOTTA CHANGE ,AND NOW !IF NOT, I HEARD RECENTLY THAT BILL COWHER WAS LOOKING FOR A HOUSE IN STRONGSVILLE OHIO ,INTERESTING !

10/20/08   |   m_jtiny

I AGREE !THE BROWNS ARE A GREAT TEAM ! GREAT PLAYERS ! GREAT FANS! THIS STUFF OF THE INFECTIONS AND STUFF IS RIDICULOIUS ! 6 OF THEM  IN THE PAST FEW YEARS ! I THOUGHT IT WAS STRANGE THAT THE BROWNS  WERE NOT SAYIN WHY HE WAS HOSPITALIZED ! THEN AFTER BEING IN THE HOSPITAL, NOT PRACTICING FOR TWO WEEKS, HE PLAYS SUNDAY AND SADLY WAS NOT ABLE TP PLAY UP TO HIS POTENTIAL ! WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE BROWNS STAFF? THE MEDICAL STAFF ,AND THE COACHING STAFF {CRENNELL} NEEDS TO BE TAKEN TO TASK ON THIS STUFF !  MAKES YOU WONDER OF WE ARE GETTING THE TRUE READ ON THE MEDICAL CONDITIONS OF OUR OTHER PLAYERSAND THEIR INJURIES ? DEREK ANDERSON COMES  TO MIND ! A SIDE FROM THE GIANTS GAME, HE HAS NOT PLAYED WELL SINCE THE CONCUSSION IN THE PRESEASON AGAINST THE GIANTS ! ANDERSON IS A BETTER QB THEN WHAT WE HAVE SEEN THIS SEASON. COULD THAT CONCUSSION STILL BE AFFECTING HIM ?  WHY NOT GIVE BRADY A START AND SEE WHAT HE CAN DO ?IT CAN'T HURT !

10/20/08   |   CalBoomer   |   43 respect

Staph Aureus is a bacterium on virtually everbody's skin. It is ubiquitous. The version that is resistant to methicillin, MRSA, is becoming more common. Cuts and scratches are very common with athletes--they just need to be treated very promptly with topical antibiotics to prevent deeper and more serious infections which require intravenous antibiotics.

10/20/08   |   keebs8   |   1701 respect

Maybe thats whats wrong with Derek Anderson, ooops sorry he's blind, cant hit the broad sign of a barn

10/20/08   |   Boski93   |   375 respect

They need to blow that locker room up.

10/20/08   |   derms33   |   17649 respect

The Browns trainers/medical staff have to be the league's worst.  But for Winslow to say they treated him like meat is a typical statement from him.  He is unhappy in Cleveland as most of the offense is (except DA).  The worst QB plays and can't ever hit a wide open Winslow.  His frustrations are clearly showing.  As Are Braylon Edwards, Lawrence Vickers and Jamal Lewis.  All the while Brady Quinn is livin it up with all his money.  Most expensive clipboard holder ever.  Nice going Cleveland.  I honestly think Cleveland will try and do something with KW Jr. in the off-season.  They didn't draft Martin Rucker for nothing...or did they?  Cause they sure seem to have drafted BQ for nothing.

10/20/08   |   derms33   |   17649 respect

Browns attract Free Agents with Staph...I can see it now

10/20/08   |   derms33   |   17649 respect

I have been saying for years that they need to disinfect their damn training facility.  BTW who posted 2 weeks ago that he had gargantuan sized testicles?