Browns trying to keep McGahee injury free

CLEVELAND – Running back Willis McGahee watched Thursday’s practice as the Browns continued preparations for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers.

McGahee didn’t suffer any injuries of note against the Detroit Lions last Sunday. He carried the ball 10 times for 37 yards.

The day off is part of the plan for keeping McGahee as healthy as possible the last 10 weeks of the season. He’s had many issues with his knees, most notably the devastating injury he suffered against Ohio State in the 2002 national championship game while playing at Miami (Fla.).

McGahee and Chris Ogbonnaya have shared most of the rushing duties since Trent Richardson was traded to the Indianapolis Colts for a first-round draft choice after the second week of the season. McGahee was a street free agent at the time after being waived in June by the Denver Broncos.

Team spokesman Zak Gilbert said to expect to see McGahee’s name on the injury report more often in coming weeks.

RARE SHOWING: Receiver Greg Little made a rare locker room appearance Thursday. Little has stayed away from reporters as much as possible since reports surfaced of multiple speeding violations.

“I’ve been doing some things in the film room a lot with Brandon (Weeden) and also lifting weights as well,” Little said. “I know I have to make time for the media. I didn’t want to break my routine. The media really doesn’t bother me at all.”

Little has had problems with social media. Last season he closed his twitter account after getting into a war of words with fans that were on him for dropped passes.

GOOD CATCH: Little is convinced that he came down with a Weeden pass inbounds on a second-and-25 play from the Browns’ 19 in the fourth quarter last week. The ruling on the field was an incompletion, but replays indicated that both feet may have landed inside the sideline.

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski unsuccessfully challenged the call. If the call had been overruled, the Browns would have gained a critical first down.

HOMECOMING GAME: Offensive tackle Joe Thomas will be making his first regular-season appearance ever in Lambeau Field. Thomas played at Brookfield Central High School in Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin. He was a fan of the Packers growing up.

Thomas never watched a game in Lambeau because his father wasn’t able to land tickets.

Thomas has played three preseason games in Lambeau.

“I think it’s a thrill for everyone in the locker room,” Thomas said of playing in Lambeau. “It’s one of the most historic, legendary places and so many great players played there. It’s still special for me growing up a big fan.”

INJURY REPORT: Defensive lineman Billy Winn (quadricep) didn’t practice. Defensive back Josh Aubrey (ankle/knee) and running back Bobby Rainey (groin) were limited.

Limited for the Packers was cornerback Casey Howard (hamstring). Linebacker Clay Matthews (thumb), linebacker Nick Perry (foot), running back James Starks (knee) and tight end Ryan Taylor (knee) are out.