The thin Browns backfield will be even thinner over the next few weeks.
Browns running back Montario Hardesty tore a calf muscle against the 49ers on Sunday, and will miss “some time” according to his coach Pat Shurmur.
Cleveland has already been without Peyton Hillis for a few weeks. While Hillis didn’t practice last week, he did travel to San Francisco in an effort to face the 49ers. Perhaps Hillis can return this week against the Texans.
Chris Ogbonnaya carried the load for the Browns on Sunday. Cleveland is ranked 29th in rushing and 30th in yards-per-carry.
The Browns fired Eric Mangini and brought in Shurmur in large part because they wanted more offense, but the Browns attack has actually grown worse this season.