BEREA — Takk McKinley returned after a three-week absence to the Browns, who are cautiously optimistic the defensive end has taken care of the personal issues that forced him away last month.
McKinley took part in the early walkthrough portion of practice on Tuesday. As the Browns began stretching, the 25-year-old was seen walking back into the team’s training facility with a staff member.
Coach Kevin Stefanski said McKinley, who signed a one-year, $4 million free agent contract with Cleveland in March, came back a few days ago.
“He’s doing well, working through it and hopefully we’ll see more of him as we go,” Stefanski said. “He’s in a good place, ready to go.”
Browns wide receiver Davion Davis has been suspended two games by the NFL for violating the league’s policy on substance abuse.
Davis, whose emergence this summer has put him in position to win a roster spot, will have to miss Cleveland’s first two regular-season games. He can be with the team for the rest of the preseason and play in Sunday’s exhibition finale against Atlanta.
Davis will be eligible to return to the active roster on Sept. 20, a day after the Browns host Houston in their home opener.
The league suspension stems from a driving under the influence charge Davis got while he was with the Minnesota Vikings in 2019. The 24-year-old pleaded guilty to careless driving.
The Browns signed Davis in July.