New York Jets tight end Kellen Winslow, before missing the last four weeks for a PED suspension, has expressed frustration in seeing his playing time diminish.
Now, according to ESPN, Winslow says he was “weeded out” of the offenses game plan during the Jets’ Week 5 win against the Atlanta Falcons, the last game Winslow played:
Stuff goes on behind the scenes that … look, they knew I was going to get suspended. Sometimes you just kind of get weeded out or whatever. I knew I wasn’t going to take the appeal if I got suspended. My knee was hurting, I’m weeded out of the game plan … it was just a frustrating time.
Winslow believes the Jets knew of his suspension, and gave tight end Jeff Cumberland more of an opportunity in the Atlanta game because of it.
On the other hand, maybe it had more to do with Winslow missing four practices leading up to the Monday night game with chronic knee pain.
Winslow caught a touchdown in the game, but only played 19 snaps, the first time Winslow played fewer snaps than Cumberland. After the game, Winslow decline an interview, believing it wouldn’t be a smart move.
The suspension became public four days later.
Winslow, who practiced with the team for the first time in over a month, says that he feels fresh and well-rested after spending the past five weeks at his home in California.
“I went home to San Diego and cycled a little bit and ate Mexican food,” said Winslow.
Winslow says he has not been notified by the NFL Players’ Association as to which performance-enhancing drug he tested positive for. He believes it was his allergy medicine, but did not appeal the suspension.