Next man up behind Chubb
Ford figures to start offseason practices as Cleveland's No. 2 running back, Zac Jackson of The Athletic reports.
Ford played 14 snaps on offense and 145 on special teams as a rookie last year, taking eight carries for 12 yards and 30 kick returns for 723 yards. He's now in a much better position to earn RB reps, as the Browns lost third-stringer D'Ernest Johnson to Jacksonville and seemingly don't plan to re-sign second-stringer Kareem Hunt. The other players behind Nick Chubb as of mid-May are Demetric Felton, John Kelly, Nate McCrary and UDFA rookie Hassan Hall -- a group with 40 combined NFL carries. Ford, a 2022 fifth-round pick, is the youngest of the bunch and also the only one drafted before the sixth round. His performance over the first two weeks of the 2022 preseason -- 19 carries for 89 yards and a TD plus eight catches for 71 yards and another score -- likely was a big factor in Cleveland carrying four RBs for most of last season and then focusing on other positions this offseason. Of course, there's still time to sign a veteran for training camp if the Browns lose some of their confidence in Ford or deal with injuries in the backfield.
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Cooper (groin/shoulder) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Titans, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Coach Kevin Stefanski confirmed Friday that Hunt will play in Sunday's Week 3 game against the Titans, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Cooper (groin/shoulder) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Cooper (groin/shoulder) was spotted on the field for the media-access portion of Thursday's practice, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Strong faces added competition for work in the Cleveland backfield following the team's addition of Kareem Hunt on Wednesday, Kelsey Russo of the Browns' official site reports.
Cooper isn't practicing Wednesday due to groin and shoulder injuries, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Head coach Kevin Stefanski reiterated Wednesday that he still views Ford as the team's lead back after the Browns re-signed Kareem Hunt, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
The Browns placed Chubb (knee) on injured reserve Wednesday.
Hunt and the Browns agreed to terms on a one-year contract Wednesday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Hunt is expected to finalize a contract with Cleveland on Wednesday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.