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Crennel Says Winslow Is Questionable

In his conference call with Washington media, Browns Coach Romeo Crennel said he is unsure whether tight end Kellen Winslow will be able to play Sunday at FedEx Field.

"He's questionable," Crennel said. "I'm hopeful he plays, but there's no guarantee."

Obviously, Winslow, hospitalized over the weekend for an undisclosed illness (plenty of rumors on the internets), provides a serious intermediate threat to compliment deep threat Braylon Edwards. Monday night QB Derek Anderson finally began looking like the guy who threw nearly 30 TDs a year ago. Coming off a bye week, and an ugly win over Cincy the week before that, Cleveland caught fire and whacked the Super Bowl champ Giants on national television.

Crennel believes his team can build off what it accomplished Monday night, even in a short week against another tough NFC East opponent. He says that not much changed in his scheme during the bye week to trigger the offensive outburst, though the team is gradually getting healthier, with Donte' Stallworth making his season debut against the Giants.

"We didn't tweak much," Crennel said. "I just tried to emphasize the things we needed to do to improve our play."

Anderson and Edwards are in sync now, and Crennel pointed to the time both missed with preseason injuries as an explanation for the slow start. Edwards missed three preseason games and a bunch of practice over the summer, had a bad case of the drops early in the season (Crennel attributed it to "rust") but exploded on Monday night.

"When he came back, he felt like he was going to be where he was last year," Crennel said, "but it just doesn't happen that way in football."

Crennel liked what he saw from Anderson in the fourth quarter against Cincy - the Browns' first victory, albeit against a winless opponent - and the quarterback thrived last week despite an outcry of fan support for former first-round pick Brady Quinn to finally get his shot as the starting quarterback.

"He got into a rhythm and hit some plays and looked more confident in what he was doing," Crennel said.

Many have said that the Browns began poorly at least in part because of the all the hype for a team that nearly reached the playoffs last year. They were a popular pick to win their division, then fell to the bottom of the NFL. Now, after consecutive wins, Crennel does not want the players to get too high, with so much still to prove.

"At the end of the day, we're still in third place in our division," Edwards said in his conference call. "We're 2-3 ... So although we did beat a good team, and it was a good stride in the right direction, we're still 2-3. We have nothing to celebrate."

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 15, 2008; 11:56 AM ET
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Wow!!! I am first!!! This game really worries me. We will need a complete team effort and quality coaching to even have a chance. Go Skins!!!!

Posted by: GLFLVER3 | October 15, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Although this will be a tough game, I think we bounce back and win another tight one. Us getting beat last week, them winning, and the short week for them all add up to odds in our favor. I thought we actually played pretty well last week, just some bad luck that caught up to us.

Posted by: NickelsLuvsSkins | October 15, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Felix blew a hamy to put D in a bad spot RB wise.Yes you draft RB depth. Ben Watson, What? come on he sucks.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 15, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Strahan was retirring and everyone knew that!

Posted by: Stu27 | October 15, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

If our new punter can kick it high in the air for 40 yards I think we will win. Our special teams stink this year.

Posted by: kmichael76 | October 15, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

+++Maybe being refreshed after a long layoff is exactly what he needs. Maybe being asked for just 5-10 strong carries a game is exactly what he needs. But regardless, Alexander hasn't been hit in a long, long time, hasn't even gone through a full-contact practice in a long, long time, and I wonder if that rust will manifest itself in turnovers or poor play.+++---JASNO

Hmmm, Mr. Alexander, when can we pencil you in for your Redskins tadition, thhe Hamstring pull? How about Fryday, say elevenish?

Posted by: TheCork | October 15, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 15, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

ARGGGGGH, so tired of trying to explain things to kool-aid drinking party line swallowing fans. Listen, 3 second round picks are supposed to contribute something right away.....period. There is no way to ignore that fact. Of course if Thomas was being targeted 15 times a game he would have better stats, and the reason he isn't is because right now he isn't better than James freaking Thrash. Stop excusing it by playing a what if game that is irrelevant. At the very worst, Thomas, as the second wideout taken in the draft, and as a high second round pick should be able to beat out James Thrash on the depth chart and get on the field, period. Now of course if Moss, ARE, and Thrash get hurt and he plays out of necessity he will perform better, that's not the point, the point is, as a healthy 2nd round pick he should be able to beat out James Thrash. Davis, as a healthy second round pick should be able to beat out Todd Yoder. Kelly, ignoring the fact that he is hurt with an injury that worried a lot of other teams gets a pass because he's injured. But regardless, there is no other way to look at Thomas and Davis then as major disappointments to date. And if the goal was to draft for depth then we should have used 2nd round picks and told everybody that this immediately up grades positions of need.

Posted by: zjfr2 | October 15, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

and this one too...beep beep

Posted by: dealer1 | October 15, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Ram wake up gives Hope!
Skins' defense must hash Browns' O,
Suisham wins close game

Posted by: HaikuMan | October 15, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

so will the NFL do a Roy Williams and Roy Williams2 jersey for the girl's now?

Posted by: gregskins | October 15, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Don't want anyone to be tricked by Crennel coachspeak. He told the Cleveland media that Winslow would play. Read this rotoworld blurb:

In a conference call with Redskins media, Browns coach Romeo Crennel said he was "unsure" of Kellen Winslow's (illness) status for Week 7.

Crennel told Cleveland media that Winslow should be ready. Predictably, he backed off that stance with reporters from the opponent. "He's questionable," Crennel said. "I'm hopeful he plays, but there's no guarantee." Expect the Browns to call Winslow a game-day decision at the end of the week.

Posted by: skinsfan212 | October 15, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: ryaneades | October 15, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

hit Winslow in the "grapefruits" early and often. you can't stop those "grapefruits" you can only hope to contain them.

Posted by: gregskins | October 15, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

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