A team spokesman said the Browns have spoken directly about the criminal complaint with McGill, who was claimed off waivers Sunday from the Indianapolis Colts. It's not clear if McGill's legal issue will affect his status with the Browns. He's also subject to discipline by the NFL.
McGill, 24, has a court appearance scheduled for Oct. 24. The Browns were not aware McGill had been charged before they claimed him.
McGill spent the past two seasons with Indianapolis after entering the NFL in 2015 with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent. The former NC State player appeared in 25 games with the Colts, recording 17 tackles and five sacks.
The Charlotte Observer reported McGill was spotted by a law enforcement official with "a small amount" of marijuana in Charlotte on Saturday.