Browns starting running back Willis McGahee sat out practice today so he could rest his surgically repaired knees.
A Browns spokesman said the organization’s plan all along has been to give McGahee rest and there is no new knee injury to report. The spokesman said McGahee is probable to practice Friday, and he doesn’t expect a problem with McGahee playing Sunday when the when the Browns (3-3) visit the Green Bay Packers (3-2).
McGahee, who will turn 32 Monday, rode a stationary bike and worked out on the side with a trainer during the 30-minute portion of practice open to the media. He practiced Wednesday and was not listed on the injury report. The spokesman said McGahee would likely be listed on the injury report with an injured knee the rest of the season.
As a member of the Denver Broncos last season, McGahee suffered a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee and fractured his lower right leg against the San Diego Chargers on Nov. 18, 2012. He sat out the 2003 season after suffering one of football’s most horrific injuries in the Fiesta Bowl loss to Ohio State for the 2002 BCS championship. McGahee tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee against the Buckeyes. He tore the same ACL his senior year at Miami Central High School.
In four games this season, McGahee has tallied 59 carries for 164 yards (2.8 average) and one touchdown to go along with one catch for 2 yards. McGahee signed with the Browns Sept. 19, the day after the organization traded running back Trent Richardson, the third overall pick in last year’s draft, to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a 2014 first-round selection.
If McGahee experiences an unexpected issue this weekend, the team also has Chris Ogbonnaya, Bobby Rainey and Fozzy Whittaker in its stable of running backs. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner mentioned this morning that the team plans to use Whittaker, who has yet to receive a carry with the Browns.
Backup defensive end Billy Winn (quadriceps) also did not practice today.