Running back Jamal Lewis is going to be questionable for Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens after injuring his hamstring against Denver. Not that high hopes were really flying for the Browns in this one, but this obviously will not help at all. Through two games, Lewis’ backups – James Davis and Jerome Harrison – have combined for 13 yards on seven carries.
The Ravens have the league’s top-ranked rush defense, allowing just 41 rushing yards per game, and the Browns’ offensive line – particularly the right side of it – has been getting dominated so far this season. Not having Lewis would put a huge damper on any hopes the Browns had on winning this game. One has to think though that Lewis will do his best to play against his former team.
Both Davis and Harrison have been dealing with injuries, but if Lewis does not play, this is a great opportunity for both of these backs to prove something. Davis had a great preseason, and more carries could help him get more comfortable in the offense. Harrison has always been a tantalizing back with his potential, but has never been able to fully put it together on a consistent basis. If nothing else, provided that Lewis does not play, this offers the Browns and its fans a chance to see the future of the running back position. Let’s just hope that Lewis is able to play, though. The Browns are going to need everyone they can in order to pull off this upset.
On the other hand, what would be a bigger miracle to witness: angels descending from heaven to make the people of earth embrace worldwide peace or someone like James Davis breaking the Ravens’ 37-game streak of not allowing a 100-yard rusher?