Eagles 20, Browns 7
PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Kellen Winslow made some blocks, caught a couple passes and took a few hits.
The highlight-reel catches and touchdown celebrations can wait. For now, this was progress.
Playing his first game in nearly two years, the Browns tight end made two catches in Cleveland’s 20-7 preseason loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night.
“It was really good to get back out there,” said Winslow, whose career was stalled by an in-game leg injury and a motorcycle accident. “I just wanted to get tackled to get some confidence back.”
McNabb completed his first five passes and finished 7-for-9 for 78 yards. He led the Eagles to a score on the opening drive and went to the sideline after the second series.
“We were able to execute when we needed to,” McNabb said. “We’ve still got some work to do, but it’s a great beginning.”
Eager to get the season started, Winslow walked out to midfield in full uniform about two hours before kickoff while everyone else was still in warmups.
After blocking on the first two plays, Winslow caught a pass that was nullified by a defensive penalty on third down. He had a 6-yard reception on the following play, and added a 1-yard catch later.
“He made some plays and looked good making them,” Browns coach Romeo Crennel said. “He looked like a pretty decent guy running around out there and that was encouraging to see.”
The Browns didn’t get much from anyone else. Both the starters and backups on offense were equally inept in their preseason opener, putting up 99 total yards through 3 1/2 quarters.
Winslow, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2004 draft, hadn’t played since he broke his right fibula at Dallas on Sept. 19, 2004. He sat out all of last year after a motorcycle accident on May 1, 2005 injured his knee so badly that it required several surgeries and was complicated by a staph infection.
“I though I did OK,” Winslow said. “I wanted to get my feet underneath me and take a hit on my knee.”
Philadelphia rookie wideout Hank Baskett made an outstanding diving catch on a 33-yard pass from McNabb to Cleveland’s 2, but Philadelphia’s opening drive stalled and the Eagles settled for a 22-yard field goal by David Akers.
Garcia hit McCants perfectly in stride on a go-route for a touchdown pass that put Philadelphia ahead 10-0 in the third quarter. He led the Eagles on another scoring drive capped by Thomas Tapeh’s 4-yard TD run that made it 17-0 late in the third.
Garcia finished 8-for-11 for 125 yards and one TD. Timmy Chang, competing for the No. 3 spot with Koy Detmer, completed his only pass. Detmer didn’t play.
The Eagles used a makeshift backfield featuring fourth-string running back Reno Mahe because Brian Westbrook, Ryan Moats (knee), Correll Buckhalter (knee) and Bruce Perry (concussion) were sidelined. Mahe ran seven times for 10 yards on the first drive, but left with a concussion. Newly signed Marty Johnson had 47 yards on 12 carries.
^Notes: Eagles coach Andy Reid angrily denied an apparent report that Pro Bowl long snapper Mike Bartrum had suffered a heart attack. The team said Bartrum didn’t play because of an undisclosed illness. Reid said Bartrum will see a doctor on Friday. … Browns WR Braylon Edwards didn’t make the trip. He’s returning from a torn ACL and hopes to play in the season opener on Sept. 10. … Eagles rookie DT Brodrick Bunkley almost recorded a sack on his third play. Bunkley, the 14th overall pick in this year’s draft, sat out Philadelphia’s preseason opener after a two-week holdout. … Browns CB Gary Baxter (pec) and DL J’Vonne Parker (foot) left with injuries.