Elijah McGuire will get the chance of going up against his old team.
The former University of Louisiana star running back was signed by the Cleveland Browns to their 10-man practice squad a few weeks ago after being released by the New York Jets.
McGuire was originally signed to the practice squad due to the Browns already having three running backs on the 53-man roster with Nick Chubb, Dontrell Hilliard and D’Ernest Johnson on the depth chart.
With an Hilliard injury, the Browns made the decision to promote McGuire to the active roster for tonight’s game.
”The #Browns igned former #Jets RB Elijah McGuire to their roster in advance of tonight’s game against the #Jets, source said. RB Dontrell Hilliard is out with a concussion, a hit to backfield depth.”
Before being cut by the Jets last week, McGuire had 30 carries for 77 yards and zero touchdowns in four preseason games. McGuire also had 13 receptions for 88 yards and one touchdown. McGuire’s 13th catches was the tied for the ninth most this past preseason.
The 5-foot-10, 214-pound McGuire is entering his third season in the NFL after being drafted in the sixth round in the 2017 draft by the Jets. McGuire has 180 carries for 591 yards and 4 rushing touchdowns, while also hauling 36 receptions for 370 yards and 2 receiving scores.
McGuire had a sensational career with the Ragin’ Cajuns as he rushed for 4,301 yards and 42 touchdowns while catching 130 passes for 1,394 yards and 10 touchdowns and was named the Sun Belt Player of the Year (2014).
Prior to his tenure with the Cajuns, McGuire was an all-state running back at Vandebilt Catholic as he led the state as a senior with 2,603 rushing yards and 31 touchdowns.