BEREA, Ohio — Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage defended his decision to suspend tight end Kellen Winslow, who claims the club tried to cover up his staph infection and has appealed his one-game ban without pay.
Savage suspended Winslow on Tuesday for his disparaging comments and behavior following Sunday’s loss in Washington. Winslow, who agreed to keep his medical condition private, revealed he had staph and said the Browns, who have had a high number of staph cases in recent years, still have a problem with infections.
“The Browns are bigger than one person,” Savage said during his weekly appearance on WTAM radio. “We couldn’t and won’t allow one person to tear down the organization, so we had to do something.”
Winslow appealed his suspension on Wednesday.