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Browns emphasizing physicality, not pace, in running game

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By Mike Wilkening

Clearly, Jerome Harrison had fallen out of favor with the Browns, but his departure leaves the Browns without an established change-of-pace back — and even more lacking in speed on offense than they were previously. Harrison had lost the starting job to 240-pound Peyton Hillis, who will now be backed up by 225-pound ex-Eagle Mike Bell, whom the Browns acquired in exchange for Harrison. Waiting in the wings for 2011 is 225-pound rookie Montario Hardesty, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the final preseason game. Head coach Eric Mangini said Bell was a better "fit" for the offense than Harrison, given Hillis' emergence, and the Browns figure to continue to employ their physical, throwback approach on offense. The way we hear it, second-year RB James Davis, the quickest of the Browns' backs, is likely to continue to be third-string on the depth chart as the Browns emphasize stoutness at the position. He carried just four times for nine yards in the first five games of the season, with all of his work on offense coming when Harrison missed the Week Three game at Baltimore with a thigh injury.

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