Willis McGahee will play for Browns on Sunday
- By Marc Sessler
- Around the League Writer
- Published: Sept. 20, 2013 at 09:21 a.m.
- Updated: Sept. 20, 2013 at 12:48 p.m.
Last Sunday, the Cleveland Browns wheeled out Brandon Weeden and Trent Richardson in a tight loss to the Baltimore Ravens. One week later, almost nothing looks the same.
Weeden, out with a sprained thumb, has been replaced by Brian Hoyer. In the backfield, Richardson is gone -- shipped to the Indianapolis Colts for a draft pick -- making way for veteran Willis McGahee, who signed with the team Thursday and will see immediate action.
McGahee will play in Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Friday, noting the running back played in a similar system with the Baltimore Ravens from 2007 to 2010. Coach Rob Chudzinski told reporters Friday that McGahee will play in Sunday's game, per The Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot.
Less than a year removed from the torn MCL and compression fracture that ended his 2012 campaign, McGahee reportedly is in "great shape" after passing physicals from three teams, including the Browns.
He ran for 1,199 yards with the Broncos in 2011 and another 731 in 10 appearances with Denver last season, but don't expect those numbers in Cleveland. In a backfield with Chris Ogbonnaya and Bobby Rainey, McGahee brings more experience than both players combined twice over, but the signing is a patch.
The Browns won't replace Richardson's elusiveness, or his hard-charging running style -- not this season at least. Richardson started in just 17 games with the Browns before the team parted ways. McGahee won't even last that long.