The New England Patriots released tight end Kellen Winslow after just one game.
The veteran of eight full seasons was cut on Thursday after catching one pass for 12 yards in Sunday night’s 31-30 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The Patriots signed Winslow, who was drafted with the sixth pick in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Browns in 2004, after tight end Aaron Hernandez suffered a right ankle injury the previous week.
Hernandez missed the game and didn’t practice Wednesday and Thursday.
New England still has three tight ends — Rob Gronkowski, Daniel Fells and Michael Hoomanawanui.
Winslow had been cut in training camp by the Seattle Seahawks after spending five seasons with the Browns and three with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He has 438 receptions for 4,848 yards and 23 touchdowns in his career.
After emerging from marathon negotiations that resulted in an eight-year agreement with the NFL’s regular officials, Commissioner Roger Goodell apologized to fans who were fed up with the replacements.
“We’re sorry to have put fans through that,” Goodell said Thursday. “Sometimes you have to go through something like that in the short term for the right agreement for the long term.”
The agreement came after three weeks in which replacement officials were used.
The contract must be ratified by the NFL Referees Association.
Stafford back with Lions
The Detroit Lions got a boost on offense with Matthew Stafford’s return to practice, but the defense took a hit as starting defensive tackle Corey Williams had knee surgery this week and will miss Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. Barring a surprising setback, Stafford appears healthy enough to play in Week 4.
Hall has new nominees
John Lynch, Michael Strahan and Morten Andersen are among 13 first-year eligible players for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Safety Lynch, defensive end Strahan and kicker Andersen join 124 other total nominees for induction. The list will be whittled to 25 semifinalists in November.
Around the league
Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson is expected to play against New England on Sunday, barring any last-minute setback to his sprained right knee. … St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson did not practice for the second consecutive day while nursing a nagging groin injury. … Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams remains unable to practice because of a bone bruise in his right knee. … Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Laurent Robinson missed a second consecutive day of practice while recovering from a concussion he suffered Sunday in the first quarter of a 22-17 win at Indianapolis. Coach Mike Mularkey says Robinson is likely to practice today and could play two days later against Cincinnati. … The Cincinnati Bengals signed free-agent defensive back Chris Crocker, bringing back a veteran who can help solve some of their problems at safety. Cincinnati released tight end Donald Lee. … Denver coach John Fox says the NFL denied Broncos linebacker Joe Mays’ appeal, and he will miss Sunday’s game against the Raiders. Mays was fined $50,000 and suspended for one game for his hit Sunday on Texans quarterback Matt Schaub.