NFL Notebook: Browns' Winslow visits doctor

Unspecified illness dogs Cleveland's TE

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The Cleveland Browns sent tight end Kellen Winslow to the doctor yesterday for tests after he missed his second consecutive day of practice with an unspecified illness.

Browns coach Romeo Crennel said Winslow, who has been plagued by injuries throughout his NFL career, has been sick for two days. Crennel would not say if Winslow would play Monday night against the New York Giants.

"He's a valuable piece to the puzzle we have," Crennel said. "I know that he'll want to play, so he'll do everything he can to be able to play."

Crennel would not elaborate on Winslow's condition or disclose any medical problems.

"Not until after doctors take look at him and see if they can know what it is," he said.

Lions

Jon Kitna's 36-game starting streak with the Detroit Lions is in jeopardy. Kitna missed a second practice in a row because of an injured back, leaving Dan Orlovsky and Drew Stanton to split snaps. Orlovsky replaced Kitna in the third quarter of 34-7 loss Sunday to Chicago, the first playing time of his four-year career. Orlovsky hurt his ankle and knee but was healthy enough to practice yesterday. Stanton, a second-round pick last year, was on injured reserve as a rookie and hasn't played this season.

Steelers

Safety Ryan Clark was fined $7,500 this week by the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit Sunday on Jacksonville receiver Matt Jones, Clark told ESPN 1250 on a radio talk show yesterday.

Dolphins

Miami assistant coach Jim Reid is home recovering from surgery and an undisclosed illness. Reid, who last worked Sept. 24, left the hospital about a week ago, coach Tony Sparano said yesterday. "We've just got our fingers crossed every day," Sparano said. "He's doing good. He's doing much better." Defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni has been filling in for Reid, who works with the team's linebackers.

Elsewhere

Former Denver Broncos running back Travis Henry was released from jail yesterday after he posted a $400,000 bond on federal drug charges. The U.S. attorney's office in Denver said Henry must remain in his home, where he will be monitored electronically, and he is not allowed to have any contact with his co-defendant, James Mack. Investigators have said Henry and Mack were arrested after they met to buy cocaine from a person who was cooperating with authorities. If convicted, both men could face 10 years to life in prison, 5 years probation and a $4 million fine.



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