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Pettine confident McCown’s ankle is fine

Josh McCown


After admitting Monday he needed treatment and possibly some extra rest after rolling his ankle, Browns quarterback Josh McCown got his usual reps at practice Wednesday.

Thursday, Browns coach Mike Pettine said he can tell McCown “is a little sore,” but Pettine is confident McCown will play Sunday vs. the Broncos.

McCown said Wednesday he’s “feeling better” and is more concerned with the Broncos’ top-ranked defense than his ankle.

We have a ton of respect for them, but we have to trust our ability to go out and execute as well,” McCown said. “You just can’t fold up the tent and go, ‘We’ve got the No. 1 D this week; who do we got next after that?’

“When you grab the good out of these games that we’ve had and you build that momentum, that’s what you want to take [forward]. It’s going to be a huge, huge hill to climb. But at the same time, we feel like we’ve done enough good things that we’ll be in good shape to try to climb that hill.”

McCown was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for a Browns-record 457 yards in last week’s overtime win in Baltimore. He’s thrown for more than 300 yards in three straight games.