Jets coach Rex Ryan said this week tight end Kellen Winslow was doubtful to play in Week 6 against the Steelers. He wouldn't say why, only confirming his issue did not pertain to his knees.
That may or may not have been indirectly true.
The league announced Friday Winslow has been suspended for four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
The Jets also may be without cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who is nursing a knee injury suffered this week in practice. Rookie CB Dee Milliner, whom the Jets took 9th overall, is already out (hamstring).
New York looks to enter the game against a hot passing Steelers team with Kyle Wilson and Darrin Walls as their starting cornerbacks and Isaiah Trufant as their nickel back.
As for tight end, Winslow has 17 catches for 169 yards and two touchdowns. Jeff Cumberland has seven catches for 139 yard and two touchdowns. They seem ok without the presence of The Soldier.
Still his presence, as well as that from Santonio Holmes (also out for this game) makes it a little less fun. It's disappointing to see Winslow fail a test for such substances, though. He always seemed like a really good guy. Ahem.
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