Colt McCoy has finally booted his boot.
Cleveland’s rookie quarterback returned to practice on a limited basis Friday, the first time he has worked out with his teammates since sustaining a high left ankle sprain on Nov. 21 at Jacksonville.
Over the past three weeks, McCoy was confined to a plastic, immobilizing walking boot, the same kind Browns quarterbacks Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace have had to wear with similar injuries.
During the portion of practice open to the media, McCoy did individual drills and hardly seemed bothered by the injury suffered in his fifth start.
“Colt’s not going to be out long,” tight end Evan Moore said. “He’s a fighter, man. If it can be done, he’ll do it. Trust me. It’s great to see him back out there.”
Coach Eric Mangini will wait to see how McCoy’s ankle responds before deciding if he can be Cleveland’s No. 3 quarterback this Sunday at Buffalo (2-10).
Delhomme will make his third straight start since coming back from ankle injury. The Browns (5-7) have won two in a row.
McCoy was not expected to play at all this season, but had to because of injuries. He went 2-3.
The Browns would really like to see him in a cold-weather game to help them better decide if he’s indeed their quarterback of the future.
The Browns are at Cincinnati next week before closing out with home games against Baltimore and Pittsburgh.
Brett Favre still hasn’t been able to throw a proper pass in practice, and the Minnesota Vikings still haven’t given up hope their quarterback will extend his NFL record for consecutive starts against the New York Giants on Sunday.
Favre did minimal work in practice Friday for the first time all week, making a few soft tosses to test out the sprained SC joint in his throwing shoulder.
He is listed as questionable on the injury report and will be a game-time decision on whether he will make his 298th straight regular-season start.
Interim coach Leslie Frazier said Favre wanted to test out his throwing motion more than anything on Friday and that the 41-year-old will have to show the team he can make all the throws during a pregame workout Sunday to get clearance to play.
“We would have to see him make some of the throws he’d have to make in the game, and he understands that,” Frazier said. “So, we’ll take a look on Sunday morning and see.”
Favre was unavailable to reporters Friday, but said earlier this week he does not want to compromise the Vikings’ ability to beat the Giants in order to keep his streak alive, no matter how much pride he takes in the achievement.
Frazier also said the only way Favre will play is if he can protect himself.