Ben Tate to miss two to four weeks with knee injury

AP

Running back Ben Tate came to Cleveland looking for a chance to be a lead back, after years of backing up Arian Foster.

That lasted less than a week.

Tate, who left the opener in the first half with a knee sprain, will miss two to four weeks, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. He will not need surgery, which is always a good sign.

That will force the load onto rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell, but they appeared ready to handle it last week. West had 100 yards and Crowell scored twice in the Browns’ comeback attempt.

20 responses to “Ben Tate to miss two to four weeks with knee injury

  1. Tate going down with an injury in the preseason is why Foster got his chance in Houston. Maybe he will have the same effect in Cleveland and one of the new kids will show he should be the man.

    That would make Ben Tate the Matt Flynn of runningbacks.

  2. Wow. He really is injury prone. During the game I picked up West and dropped a DT who had yet to play in a later game leaving me with an empty slot, but it paid off.

    It is good to know that we have capable back ups where as last year we had a one-legged stiff who had no business being out of retirement. When he comes back he may be splitting time if he hasn’t been Wally Pipped by then.

  3. As is the great tradition of Browns running backs:

    Ben Tate (knee)
    Trent Richardson (knee, before he was even reported to camp)
    Dion Lewis (leg/knee)
    Montario Hardesty (knee)
    Jamal Lewis (knee)
    William Green (knee)

    Point is, if you are a RB with a knee injury, the Browns have a spot for you.

  4. The more carries he got, the better West became during that game. I have a feeling he’s going to thrive as a workhorse back.

  5. Sad for Tate but I think West is a stud. Picked him up with my last fantasy pick. I’m slightly biased tho because it’s rare us Towson alums get to pick one of our guys

  6. As I don’t wish any player to have an injury.. But I picked up this guy in all of my fantasy leagues late thinking I got a steal….man that’s what I get for drafting an already injury-prone player. That’s why Houston let him walk

  7. Another bad signing by the Clowns. Couldn’t stay healthy as a back up but he was going to be your bellcow? Browns only team that pursued him too. That should’ve been a red flag to them…then again, the same could be said for their “in over his head” Head Coach.

  8. youreinthejunglebaby says: Sep 10, 2014 11:28 AM

    Another bad signing by the Clowns. Couldn’t stay healthy as a back up but he was going to be your bellcow? Browns only team that pursued him too. That should’ve been a red flag to them…then again, the same could be said for their “in over his head” Head Coach.

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    You might want to go back and look at the contract Tate got from Cleveland. The reason you’re getting so many thumbs down is that Tates contract reflects that he’s injury prone. Browns look like geniuses right now to be honest. Especially if lightning strikes twice and Terrance West becomes a breakout star like Arian Foster did. You don’t pick up TWO rookie running backs if you don’t expect them to get playing time. It was always a matter of when not if.

  9. Browns have no clue at how to evaluate their own talent. I can’t tell you how many times over the last several years that a 2nd or 3rd string player has emerged because of injury to a starter and then completely outplayed that starter when given the chance. Crowell is the latest example.

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