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Browns rookie QB McCoy back at practice

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.