Yesterday, Winslow shot back - kindly.
"I think Joey Porter needs a hug," Winslow said, smiling. "He's so angry, man."
Last year while with the Steelers, Porter exchanged insults, shoves and hard hits with Winslow. And Porter, who signed a 5-year, $32 million free-agent deal with the Dolphins in March, feels he got the better of his Browns counterpart.
"It really hasn't been a war," Porter said Wednesday. "It's been one-sided. I've never lost to him. It's like me picking on my little brother."
Aware of Porter's remarks, Winslow, who will see Porter on Sunday when the Browns play host to the Dolphins, counterpunched with some well-placed verbal jabs.
"I'm not into the individual-battle thing," he said. "It's a team thing. We're 2-3 and they're 0-5 and we're looking for a win. He doesn't have to worry about me. He should be worried about the team concept. They're 0-5 right now."
Winslow's comments were relayed to Porter.
"He is saying all the right things," Porter said. "Unlike me. I'm going to say how I feel.
"We are looking for our first win. The personal battle, he turned that down. We're going to cross paths sometime during the game. We will see each other."
Porter and Winslow first made acquaintances before last year's game in Cleveland when they jawed at each other during pregame warmups, a heated exchange that forced officials to step between them. It was a familiar tactic from Porter, who in 2004 had gotten into a pregame fight with Browns running back William Green, and was ejected before kickoff.
Although the Steelers rallied for 21 fourth-quarter points to win a year ago, Winslow flattened Porter with a vicious stiff-arm after catching a pass.
Three weeks later in Pittsburgh, Winslow attempted to shake Porter's hand before the game, a gesture Porter rejected. In the fourth quarter, Winslow drew the Steelers' ire with a late hit on linebacker James Farrior.
* Vikings defensive end Erasmus James was listed on the injury report with a shoulder injury, 1 day after reportedly getting into a fight with teammate Chester Taylor in the locker room. James, who has been out since a knee injury in Week 2 of last season, has been steadily working his way back into playing shape and was considered a candidate to be activated on Sunday against Chicago.
* David Carr, listed as the Panthers' No. 1 quarterback with Jake Delhomme set to undergo season-ending elbow surgery, missed practice for a second straight day with a sore back. Vinny Testaverde, signed on Wednesday, and the undrafted Matt Moore, signed just over a month ago, took all the snaps for the second straight day. Coach John Fox wouldn't say which player he'd use against the Cardinals if Carr can't go.
* Dolphins quarterback Trent Green, 37, returned to South Florida after undergoing tests in Kansas City for a severe concussion, his second in 13 months. Green was encouraged and feels good, coach Cam Cameron said, but the Dolphins are awaiting additional results from specialists.
* Former Giants tackle Dewitt "Tex" Coulter has died after a lengthy illness. He was 83. He played left tackle for the Giants from 1946 to '52 and made the All-Pro team in 1948 and 1949. *