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Winslow to miss '05 season with torn ACL

CLEVELAND -- Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. tore the
anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee when he crashed his
motorcycle, according to several reports.

He likely will miss the entire 2005 season, sources told the Cleveland Plain Dealer and The Associated Press.

Winslow underwent an MRI exam on Tuesday at the Cleveland
Clinic, and, according to the paper's source, it showed "what everyone feared."

Winslow, who wrecked his high-powered bike while riding in a
parking lot on May 1, will get a second medical opinion before
surgery is scheduled, sources with knowledge of his
injuries told the paper and AP.

Although the Browns have Winslow's medical test results, the
club can not disclose the nature of his injuries because they have
not received permission from Winslow or his family.

On Wednesday, after conferring with his father, NFL Hall of Fame
tight end Kellen Winslow Sr., the Browns issued a statement saying,
"The Winslow family has not authorized us to release any
information on Kellen's condition.'"

Until they are given approval, the Browns may not be able to
reveal Winslow's injuries until he fails a physical and they have
to place him on an injury list per league rules.

Winslow's agent, Kevin Poston, could not be reached for comment.

Winslow injured his right knee and sustained unspecified
internal injuries when his motorcycle hit a curb near his home at
35 mph and he flipped over the handlebars.

Winslow was wearing a helmet, but it wasn't fastened properly
and flew off when he hit the ground.

He spent nine days in the Cleveland Clinic before being released
last week. Winslow, who has been resting at home, has not commented
on his accident or his injuries.

Doctors had to wait for the swelling to go down on the
21-year-old's knee before performing a more thorough examination.

Winslow, who missed 14 games as a rookie with a broken leg,
breached a hazardous activities clause in his contract by riding
the motorcycle. The Browns could ask him to return part of the
money he already has been paid as part of his six-year, $40 million
contract -- the richest deal given to a tight end.

Cleveland traded a second-round pick to move up a spot in the
2004 NFL draft to select Winslow, who starred at the University of
Miami.

In his second game last season, Winslow broke a bone in the
lower part of his right leg and tore ligaments in his ankle while
trying to recover an onside kick. He had two operations on the leg
and it was still mending at the time of his accident.

Meanwhile, police in suburban Westlake concluded their
investigation of Winslow's accident this week and turned the case
over to city law director John Wheeler, who will determine whether
charges should be filed, Lt. Ray Arcuri said.

Winslow could be charged with reckless operation, which carries
a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail and a $250 fine.

A few hours before his accident, Winslow and a few friends drove
50 miles on their motorcycles to Canton to see a stunt riding team
perform.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.