BEREA -- Running back Willis McGahee practiced with the Browns for the first time this morning and will play Sunday in Minnesota.
McGahee, who has 8,097 career rushing yards, passed a physical Thursday and was signed, a day after running back Trent Richardson was traded to Indianapolis. McGahee’s last game was in November for Denver when he tore a medial collateral ligament and suffered a compression fracture in his right leg.
“I’m good,” he said after practice. “It was my right knee and it’s healed 100 percent. If it wasn’t, I wouldn’t have passed the physical.”
Coach Rob Chudzinski said McGahee will be able to play right away because he has familiarity with the offensive system from his days with the Ravens. Chudzinski said McGahee, fullback Chris Ogbonnaya and Bobby Rainey will all be used in the backfield.
Chudzinski confirmed quarterback Brandon Weeden won’t need surgery on his sprained right thumb and said he’ll be re-evaluated next week. Weeden, who continues to wear a black brace, is out for the Vikings game, and North Olmsted native Brian Hoyer will start.
Even if Weeden’s healthy next week, which is a possibility, Chudzinski reiterated he isn’t guaranteed to regain his starting role.
“Well, not really,” Chudzinski said. “We’re just going to take it week by week and see where he’s at and where we’re at. He’s played two games, I’d love to see more of him.”
** Outside linebacker Quentin Groves confirmed he has a high ankle sprain and the prognosis is for him to miss four-to-six weeks. His leg was caught under a pile Sunday in the loss to the Ravens.
** Right guard Shawn Lauvao (ankle) was listed as doubtful on the injury report and is expected to miss his third straight game. The struggling Oniel Cousins will start again.
** Defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin (calf) was listed as questionable but is expected to make his season debut.
** Strong safety T.J. Ward (shoulder) and defensive end Desmond Bryant (wrist) are probable.