Browns Pro Bowl tight end Kellen Winslow is appealing his one-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team that will force him to sit out Sunday's game at Jacksonville. Winslow's publicist, Denise White of EAG Sports Management, confirmed the appeal to the Associated Press Wednesday.
The NFL Players Association referred all calls on Winslow to Adam Kaiser, an outside counsel handling the matter. Kaiser was not immediately available for comment.
Browns player rep Darnell Dinkins said most appeals he's dealt with involve just the financial portion and that sometimes a player who wins an appeal is refunded some of the game check involved. In Winslow's case, it would cost him $235,294, 1/17th of his $4 million base salary in 2008.
Winslow is the first player suspended since general manager Phil Savage and coach Romeo Crennel took over in 2005. He is not allowed to practice or be at team headquarters until Monday.
Winslow lashed out at Savage after a 14-11 loss Sunday at Washington in which he played mainly on third down and in passing situations and caught just two of seven passes thrown to him. Winslow was upset that Savage didn't call him when he was hospitalized for three days with what Winslow said was the second staph infection of his four-year career. Winslow said he felt like he'd been treated ''like a piece of meat.''
Winslow is also seeking a renegotiation of his contract that has three years remaining. But he said in a statement Tuesday that his comments Sunday were not motivated by his contract situation.