CLEVELAND, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- The Cleveland Browns suspended tight end Kellen Winslow for one game Tuesday for making what were deemed negative comments about the team.
Winslow specifically has been critical of Phil Savage, the franchise's vice president and general manager.
"Kellen has expressed his desire to be a productive member of the Cleveland Browns," Savage said in a statement released by the team. "His comments and behavior on Sunday evening, however, were unwarranted, inappropriate and unnecessarily disparaging to our organization. His statements brought unjustified negative attention to our organization, and violated the team-first concept of our football squad.
"Therefore, disciplinary action will be taken in the form of a one-game suspension without pay for conduct detrimental to the club."
Winslow was hospitalized for three days and was treated at home for another three days because of a staph infection that kept him out of Cleveland's 35-14 win over the New York Giants Oct. 13.
The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported Winslow said he felt he had been treated like a, "piece of meat," and expressed displeasure that Savage did not call him while he was in the hospital.
The Browns will play at Jacksonville Sunday.