Kellen Winslow didn't fail physical

Updated: September 6, 2012, 3:05 PM ET
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Free-agent tight end Kellen Winslow did not fail his physical with the New England Patriots, as has been reported, according to two league sources. The Patriots were aware of the questions about his knees, but they did not fail him on his physical.

Winslow was released by the Seahawks last Saturday. The team originally acquired him in a trade with Tampa Bay in May.

Winslow has a base salary of $3.3 million for the 2012 season, which would have been guaranteed if he was on the roster for the season opener.

The Patriots did make moves at tight end on Wednesday, signing veteran free agent Michael Hoomanawanui and placing Visanthe Shiancoe on injured reserve.

The Patriots also have Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez and Daniel Fells filling tight end spots on the roster, so the interest in Winslow may have fallen into the "in case of emergency" category.

Winslow, 29, has caught 437 passes for 4,836 yards and 23 touchdowns in seven seasons and made the Pro Bowl while with the Browns in 2007. He caught 75 passes for 763 yards and two scores last season.

Hoomanawanui, who was released by the Rams on Sunday, had 20 catches in two seasons with the St. Louis.

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