Kellen Winslow Jr., the Browns' prized rookie tight end, is scheduled to undergo surgery today for a broken bone in his right leg and will be sidelined for eight to 10 weeks, team officials said yesterday.
The Browns also lost DE Courtney Brown, who will have surgery today for a foot injury, for the season. He is expected to need six months to recover.
Winslow, chosen with the sixth overall pick in the NFL draft in April, suffered a fractured fibula on an onside kick by the Browns in the final seconds of Sunday's loss at Dallas. Coach Butch Davis said the club would not immediately place Winslow on the injured reserve list, a move which would end his rookie season.
In addition to the Winslow injury, the Browns lost T Ryan Tucker and DT Gerard Warren for two to four weeks each. Tucker has a strained quadriceps muscle and Warren aggravated a strained pectoral muscle Sunday.
* MCALLISTER OUT UP TO SIX WEEKS: The Saints will be without RB Deuce McAllister for an estimated five to six weeks because of a high ankle sprain.
"I felt it pop," said McAllister, who was injured on his third carry in the Saints' 30-27 victory over the 49ers on Sunday.
McAllister thought it was broken at first. X-rays on Sunday did not show a break but an MRI exam yesterday showed a sprain, a stretched ligament where the shin bone meets the ankle.
* MADDOX SIDELINED: The Steelers will keep QB Tommy Maddox from throwing for six weeks and then reevaluate his injured right elbow.
Coach Bill Cowher initially thought Maddox might need season-ending reconstructive surgery, but team doctors said yesterday that an operation isn't necessary. An MRI exam showed a slight tear to some elbow ligaments. First-round draft choice Ben Roethlisberger will take over as the starter.
* BEARS' BROWN OUT FOR YEAR: Bears S Mike Brown will miss the rest of the season after tearing his right Achilles' tendon in a victory over the Packers, Coach Lovie Smith said.
Brown, who scooped up a fumble and returned it 95 yards for a touchdown against the Packers, was injured in the closing minutes at Lambeau Field.
* STAR BACKS COULD MISS GAMES: Colts RB Edgerrin James could miss Sunday's game against Green Bay because of a strained hamstring. He would be replaced in the Colts' lineup by Dominic Rhodes. . . . The Chiefs are unsure if RB Priest Holmes will play against the Texans this weekend. Holmes missed much of the last quarter of Kansas City's 28-17 loss to Carolina after spraining his left ankle.
* B. JOHNSON KEEPS JOB: Buccaneers Coach Jon Gruden announced that veteran QB Brad Johnson will start Sunday night's game at Oakland. Gruden yanked Johnson in favor of second-year pro Chris Simms early in a 10-6 loss to Seattle. Gruden's offense has produced three field goals in 25 possessions this season, but Gruden said that Johnson is not solely to blame.
* MAWAE'S STATUS UNCERTAIN: The Jets have a bye this week but the status of five-time Pro Bowl C Kevin Mawae will be unclear when they play again because of a broken finger.
* DOLPHINS LOSE CHESTER: The Dolphins lost DT Larry Chester for the remainder of the season because of a torn knee ligament.
-- From News Services and Staff Reports