The loss of the two tailbacks (Montario Hardesty and Dion Lewis) elevates Browns RB Brandon Jackson into the backup role behind Trent Richardson.
"Brandon is a reliable guy,'' said coach Rob Chudzinski. "I have no issues with Brandon. Trent will be the guy that we're counting on in a lot of different ways. We have to do a good job of keeping him fresh throughout the course of the season. I’m looking forward to seeing Brandon in the (Bears) game.''
The Browns cut FB Owen Marecic became expendable when Chris Ogbonnaya showed he could block for Richardson this preseason as well as play tailback.
Ogbonnaya could play a Mike Tolbert-type role in Norv Turner's offense given the lack of talent behind Richardson.
The good news for Browns RB Montario Hardesty this week was that his injured right thumb wasn't broken, but dislocated. The bad news was that he'll undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Thursday, and a source told cleveland.com that he'll miss the first two to three regular-season games.
Dion Lewis fractured his fibula in tonight's game, so backup duties will fall to Chris Ogbonnaya and Brandon Jackson for the time being.
Browns HC Rob Chudzinski revealed that second-string running back Montario Hardesty suffered a dislocated right thumb during practice Monday and won’t play Thursday. Hardesty was hurt while catching a high direct snap, but he returned to action Tuesday on a limited basis, participating in individual drills. He wore padding or a soft cast on his thumb.
“We padded him up, and he was OK,” Chudzinski said. “He went out and did some individual drills in practice today, and we’ll see about him for next week.”
Hardesty is currently the backup to Trent Richardson, but Dion Lewis (whom OC Norv Turner compared to Darren Sproles) is nipping at his heels.