Browns’ McGahee not practicing
BEREA — Browns starting running back Willis McGahee is not practicing because of an unspecified injury.
McGahee, who was not on Wednesday’s injury report, rode a stationary bike and worked with a trainer on the side of the field Thursday as the Browns continued preparing for Sunday’s game in Green Bay. His injury is not yet known.
Cleveland signed McGahee on Sept. 20, a day after the Browns traded running back Trent Richardson to Indianapolis. McGahee has rushed for 164 yards and one touchdown since joining the Browns.
He gained 37 yards last week in a loss to Detroit, giving him 8,621 career yards, fourth most among active players.
If McGahee can’t play, the Browns will likely start fullback Chris Ogbonnaya at tailback with Bobby Rainey and Fozzy Whitaker as his backups.
Keenum to start at QB for Texans
HOUSTON — Case Keenum, who hasn’t played in a meaningful game since he was in college back in January 2012, will start at quarterback for the Houston Texans this Sunday in one of the tougher environments in the NFL.
Keenum will make his first appearance in a regular-season game against the rugged defense of the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium, where the fans just set a Guinness record as the noisiest outdoor stadium in the world.
So be it: Keenum will start for Matt Schaub, who is out dealing with injuries to his right ankle and foot, and will try to help the Houston Texans snap a four-game losing streak.
Keenum was a record-setting quarterback at the University of Houston before spending last season on the practice squad. The undrafted free agent has played in several preseason games, but hasn’t played in a game that counted since leading the Cougars to a 30-14 win over Penn State in the TicketCity Bowl on Jan. 2, 2012.
Eagles’ Vick likely out for Dallas game
PHILADELPHIA — Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, still recovering from a hamstring injury, does not expect to play in Sunday’s game against Dallas.
However, coach Chip Kelly has not officially ruled him out yet.
Vick has practiced on a limited basis all week, while second-year quarterback Nick Foles has worked with the first team.
The Eagles (3-3) have won consecutive games, with Foles largely under center, and Sunday’s game with the Cowboys (3-3) is for first place in the NFC East.
Vick spoke to reporters on Thursday at the team’s training complex after practice, and essentially ruled himself out.
Sex not on banned list, says Rex Ryan
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Rex Ryan has provided plenty of memorable quotes during his four-plus years as coach of the New York Jets. This one, though, might have topped them all.
No, it wasn’t a guarantee or bold prediction. In an attempt to clarify what he told his players at a team meeting earlier this week, Ryan offered this declaration Thursday to avoid some apparent confusion:
“I did not tell our players that they couldn’t have sex,” Ryan said.
Newly acquired Josh Cribbs said Wednesday he could tell how much Ryan wants to beat New England, telling his players to put off doing chores around the house until next week. Some players mistakenly thought Ryan implied that sex was also on his banned “honey-do” list.
“Somebody misinterpreted the message apparently,” Ryan said with a smile.
Grambling replaces head coach — again
Winless Grambling State changed football coaches for the second time this season.
Defensive assistant Dennis “Dirt” Winston, a former NFL linebacker with Pittsburgh and New Orleans, has been named the new interim coach for the Tigers (0-7). Winston replaces George Ragsdale, who was promoted from running backs coach in September when Doug Williams was fired. Ragsdale has been reassigned in the athletic department.
The move was aimed at reuniting players, who were angered by a meeting with administrators on Tuesday and boycotted Wednesday’s practice.
Ryan retiring from post with Rangers
ARLINGTON, Texas — Nolan Ryan is leaving the Texas Rangers again, stepping away from his CEO role 20 years after ending his Hall of Fame career as a pitcher.
In what the team had called a retirement, Ryan said Thursday that he is resigning as chief executive of the Rangers in a move effective at the end of this month.