September 28, 2012

NFL Notebook: Winslow's stay with Patriots lasts for 1 game, 1 catch

The Associated Press

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots released tight end Kellen Winslow after just one game.

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Winslow, a veteran of eight full seasons, was cut on Thursday after catching one pass for 12 yards in last Sunday night's 31-30 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The Patriots signed him after tight end Aaron Hernandez suffered a right ankle injury the previous week. Hernandez missed that game and did not 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 Cleveland Browns and three with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He has 438 receptions for 4,848 yards and 23 touchdowns in his career.

BILLS: Though C.J. Spiller is a question mark, Buffalo is expected to have running back Fred Jackson ready to play against the New England Patriots on Sunday.

HALL OF FAME: John Lynch, Michael Strahan, Steve McNair and Morten Andersen are among 13 first-year eligible players for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Safety Lynch, defensive end Strahan, quarterback McNair and kicker Andersen join offensive linemen Jonathan Ogden and Larry Allen, defensive tackle Warren Sapp and 121 other total nominees for induction. The list will be whittled to 25 in late November.

Fifteen finalists from the modern era will be announced in early January, with elections taking place Feb. 2, 2013, the day before the Super Bowl.

Between four and seven new members will be selected, with inductions next August.

Other first-time nominees are running back Priest Holmes, wide receiver Keenan McCar-dell, center Tom Nalen, DTs Sam Adams and Ted Washington and DE Bryant Young.

GIANTS: Ahmad Bradshaw is ready to return as New York's top running back after being sidelined for a game by an inflamed disk in his neck.

Bradshaw has not missed a practice in preparing for Sunday night's game against the Eagles (2-1) in Philadelphia, and Coach Tom Coughlin intends to start him.

Coughlin added that Bradshaw would split time with Andre Brown, who was outstanding filling in for the six-year veteran after he was hurt against the Buccaneers.

Brown ran for 113 yards and two touchdowns against Carolina a week ago Thursday in his first NFL start. He also rushed for 71 yards and a touchdown after taking over against Tampa Bay.

Rookie David Wilson also may get a few carries for the Giants (2-1).

FALCONS: Defensive end John Abraham apologized publicly for his arrest on obstruction of justice charges.

Abraham was arrested Monday night when Atlanta police and firefighters were trying to calm a woman who was threatening to jump from a midtown building window.

The four-time Pro Bowl pick was charged with two misdemeanors. He said "sometimes you try to do the right thing and it doesn't end up being the right thing."

Atlanta police officer Christopher Blaise said this week that Abraham refused to leave an area that had been taped off by authorities. Blaise added that Abraham smelled of alcohol, was unsteady on his feet and had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes.

REDSKINS: Left tackle Trent Williams remains unable to practice because of a knee injury.

Williams remained sidelined because of a bone bruise in his right knee. He was hurt during Sunday's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

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