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Winslow doubtful for Giants

By Marla Ridenour Published: October 12, 2008

Browns tight end Kellen Winslow was released from the Cleveland Clinic Sunday after being hospitalized for three days with an undisclosed illness. But he was downgraded to doubtful for Monday night's game against the New York Giants.

Winslow was admitted to the clinic Thursday, but coach Romeo Crennel refused to give details on the four-year veteran's condition. Winslow leads the team in receiving with 19 catches for 170 yards and a TD. He will likely be replaced by 10-year veteran Steve Heiden, who has just one catch for 9 yards in 2008.

Downgraded Saturday were right tackle Kevin Shaffer (concussion) and defensive end Shaun Smith (hand surgery). Shaffer may be replaced by Ryan Tucker, who would be seeing his first action of the season after undergoing surgery in May for a hip fracture. Smith may be replaced by Louis Leonard. His absence will place a bigger burden on nose tackle Shaun Rogers and defensive end Corey Williams since another starting end, Robaire Smith, was lost for the season with a ruptured Achilles in game two.

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