The great news surrounding the Cleveland Browns just continues to get better and better (see: “sarcasm”). This time, the news is that rookie running back James Davis, he of the spectacular preseason, has been placed on injured reserve because of his shoulder injury and will be out the rest of the season. This stems from the hit he sustained from Antoine Winfield of the Minnesota Vikings during the season opener.
This leaves the Browns frighteningly thin at the position. With Jamal Lewis unlikely to play against the Bengals, Jerome Harrison is now the starter. To cope with the loss of Davis, the Browns have signed Chris Jennings off the practice squad. In three preseason games, he rushed for 63 yards on 18 carries. He also added 69 yards on seven catches.
If the Browns are going to have a chance at beating the Bengals, they are going to have to air the ball out. Derek Anderson is surely going to get his share of interceptions, but he might also throw for a few touchdowns as well – imagine that, a Browns quarterback throwing more than one touchdown! On the other hand, Harrison did have one of his tantalizingly good games last week against the Ravens, so the game plan could – and should – feature him. While we’re at, let’s get Joshua Cribbs involved more as well.