Excels as in-game replacement
Ford rushed 16 times for 106 yards and brought in three of four targets for 25 and a touchdown in the Browns' 26-22 loss to the Steelers on Monday night. He also recorded a two-point conversion rush.
Ford took over lead back duties once Nick Chubb went down with what Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports could be a season-ending knee injury early in the second quarter. Ford continued to torment the Steelers' defense in much the same manner as Chubb had before exiting, finishing with a career-high yardage total while also flashing his pass-catching chops. The 2022 fifth-round pick is now in line to helm the Browns' ground attack if Chubb's injury is as bad as feared, although a signing of a free agent veteran such as Kareem Hunt, who is naturally intimately familiar with Cleveland's offense, would interfere with those plans to an extent.
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Cooper (groin/shoulder) doesn't have a 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.