Winslow undergoes fifth knee operation in six years

The Tampa tight end was absent from OTAs on Monday. Joe Fortenbaugh

Print This May 18, 2010, 07:03 AM EST

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If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to improve on last season’s 3-13 record, they’re going to need tight end Kellen Winslow to do it.

Unfortunately for the Bucs, Winslow was unable to attend Monday’s OTA session in Tampa as the six-year veteran is currently recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery, per a report from Charlie Campbell and Scott Reynolds of

The surgery—which was considered to be minor—was the fifth operation Winslow has undergone on his right knee in the past six years.

Winslow’s knee troubles began in 2005 as a member of the Cleveland Browns when tore his ACL in a motorcycle crash that forced him to miss the entire season. The former Hurricane bounced back in 2006 to catch 89 passes for 875 yards and three touchdowns.

The upside for Bucs fans is that Winslow’s most recent knee surgery is a relatively minor medical procedure that is usually performed to clean out excess scar tissue.

Still, it’s tough not to cringe when your star tight end—who is making $36 million over six years—undergoes a fifth operation on the same body part.

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