To no one's surprise, Browns tight end Kellen Winslow said during a Friday radio interview from the Super Bowl that he will undergo another surgery on his right knee.
Winslow could have had the operation shortly after the Dec. 30 season finale, but elected to wait, hoping to be named to the AFC's Pro Bowl team. The first alternate, Winslow received word Monday he would be going to Hawaii, replacing San Diego's Antonio Gates, who was bothered by a toe injury in the playoffs. The game is Feb. 10 in Honolulu.
Browns coach Romeo Crennel said last week he had no problem with Winslow's decision to delay any surgeries.
Winslow's knee was initially injured in a motorcycle accident in the spring of 2005 and underwent extensive repair. In the previous off-season, Winslow needed microfracture surgery on the same knee. He made an amazingly quick recovery from that procedure, playing in 16 games in 2007 and catching 82 passes for a career-high 1,106 yards and five touchdowns. He also separated his left shoulder in a Sept. 23 game at Oakland.
''I'm definitely going to have a surgery done on my knee,'' Winslow told WKNR radio. “My shoulder might be strong enough ... I'm just really worried about my knee. Your legs are your life. I need my knee.''
In his season-in-review press conference, general manager Phil Savage said he expected Winslow to need knee and shoulder procedures.
''He's still hoping he gets a chance to go,'' Savage said of the Feb. 10 Pro Bowl. ''If he doesn't go, he might have some additional work done, potentially on the shoulder, too. It's unfortunate every off-season he's been in rehab. Kellen really loves to play. He's such an extremely competitive player that he'll find a way to get to the field.''
Winslow has never been shy about touting his abilities, saying in December that when he's on the field, he's feels he's the best at what he does. On Friday, the former University of Miami All-American wondered how much better he would be if he didn't have to deal with the chronic knee injury.
Even playing in pain, Winslow has caught 171 passes for 1,981 yards and eight touchdowns the past two seasons. His yardage total in 2007 ranks third on the team's all-time single-season receiving list behind Braylon Edwards (1,289 in 2007) and Webster Slaughter (1,236 in 1989).
''You know, I'm not healthy,” Winslow told WKNR. “I do what I can to play as well as I can, but just imagine if I was healthy, like was I was back in college .... it would be unfair.”