Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Winslow will miss rest of season

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Rookie tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. needs a second operation on his right leg and will miss the remainder of this season.

Winslow, who broke his leg Sept. 19 in Dallas and had it operated on last week, will have surgery today to stabilize ligaments.

Winslow fractured his fibula - the outer bone in his lower leg - while scrambling to recover an onside kick in the final seconds of the Browns' 19-12 loss to the Cowboys.

Last week, the first-round draft pick had screws and plates inserted to stabilize the fracture that was clean through the bone.

Winslow stands to lose a $5.3 million one-time bonus. As part of the six-year, $40 million contract he signed in August, Winslow had to participate in 35 percent of Cleveland's plays this season to reach an incentive to trigger the bonus.

DOLPHINS: Jay Fiedler will replace A.J. Feeley at quarterback Sunday against the Jets, a team source told the Associated Press.

Miami also placed running back Lamar Gordon on injured reserve with a dislocated shoulder, meaning he's out for the season. Leonard Henry, a third-year pro who made his NFL debut Sunday, is expected to start at running back.

TITANS: Quarterback Steve McNair was released from the hospital Tuesday after a two-night stay with a bruised sternum suffered in Sunday's loss to Jacksonville.

McNair was hurt at the end of a 5-yard run when he dove forward looking for more yardage. As he went down, 312-pound Jaguars defensive tackle Marcus Stroud came down on his back.

If McNair can't play Sunday against San Diego, Billy Volek will make his first start since rupturing his spleen in a 28-26 victory over Buffalo in December.

BEARS: Chicago signed former Dallas quarterback Chad Hutchinson as insurance after Rex Grossman was lost for the season with a knee injury. A former St. Louis Cardinals baseball prospect, Hutchinson started nine games as a rookie with Dallas in 2002.

Jonathan Quinn will start Sunday against the Eagles.

Grossman, who started the first three games this season and the final three a year ago, will need seven to 10 months of rehab after he undergoes surgery.

49ERS: Some fans think 44-year-old Candlestick Park is already a dinosaur. Now San Francisco's stadium has the name to match after the team signed a deal with Monster Cable Products that changes the name to Monster Park.

The city-owned stadium opened April 12, 1960, as the home of the San Francisco Giants. The 49ers played their first game there in 1971. It was called 3Com Park from 1996 to 2001. It reverted to its original name after that deal expired.

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