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McGahee rode a bike early in practice, and worked on the side as the team worked on the field. The team said it is just giving McGahee a day off to rest his surgically repaired knee.
The team believes he will play in Green Bay, though he will probably be on the injury report the rest of the season.
McGahee leads the team with 164 yards on 59 carries. He signed with the team after the trade of Trent Richardson. Without him, the running game would come down to Chris Ogbonnaya, Bobby Rainey and Fozzy Whitaker against the league’s fourth-ranked run defense. Thus the Browns are trying to make sure McGahee gets to Sundays.
“We have an unusual situation, and we’re making the best out of it,” offensive coordinator Norv Turner said. “McGahee is giving us plays. Ogbonnaya is giving us plays. Bobby’s giving us some plays. Now we’re going to use Fozzy a little bit and see how he does. No question it’s a group effort.”
McGahee is not a great back, but he makes tough runs and runs hard. Turner said a week ago his ability to gain 3 or 4 yards on a carry had given the offense a fair amount of confidence. He ran 26 times in the win over Buffalo.
The Browns ran well in the first half against Detroit, but they did so little offensively in the second half they sustained nothing passing or running.
Any struggles in the running game would play right into the hands of Dom Capers and the Packers. He likes to shut down the run, then use creative and different blitzes to attack the quarterback, which will add to Brandon Weeden’s already significant challenge.
Cleveland Browns running back Willis McGahee was not practicing Thursday as the team prepared for Sunday’s game in Green Bay, but the Browns said it's no big deal.