Winslow will not play this preseason.

Winslow may not play this preseason

The Bucs are having a solid preseason so far, many players are getting a chance to play and show the coaches they can contribute during the regular season. But for Pro-Bowl tight end Kellen Winslow, the sideline is about as close as he has come to the field. Winslow, coming off of off-season knee surgery, has not played in the preseason and Coach Morris does not believe he will in the last two games either.

Winslow did not travel with the team to Miami two weeks ago, but was in uniform against the Chiefs and participated in warm-ups. Coach Morris wants Winslow ready for the regular season opener against Cleveland and does not want to put any more stress on Winslow’s knees than he has too. Usually the preseason offers the chance for players to get in the much needed repetitions for the regular season, but Winslow is an exception to this.

Winslow is the Bucs best and most reliable target. Setting franchise records in receiving and touchdowns last year, he became the go-to weapon for Freeman and it will most likely continue this season as well as the Bucs shift to a more West-Coast oriented offense. Winslow is healthy and has been practicing, but everyone is taking it easy on him because of the knee concerns. Winslow will start against Cleveland, there is no question about that and everyone is hoping he will play all of the regular season games as well. So for now, Winslow sits and watches his team work, but his time to play will soon be coming.

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  • Gatorbuc15

    Of course you’d like to see your starting players get reps. in the pre season, but the Bucs can’t afford to hurt him. So it be wise to make him sit until the opener against the Brownies.

    Get well Kellen!

  • Matt Staton

    True, he needs to rest and make sure the knee is good to go for the season, but I would like to see him out there for at least one series. He might be a little rusty to enter the year, but I know he will still run all over the Brownies.