It has been confirmed that RB Montario Hardesty is done for the season with a torn left ACL, opening the door for fellow RB Jerome Harrison to play a more extensive, if not an exclusive role, as the featured back in Cleveland.
Just like the Houston Texans’ running back mess, the Browns were hoping for a great deal of production out of the rookie, but have basically been relegated to one option thanks to Hardesty’s injury.
So what that said, does this now make Jerome Harrison a bona-certified sleeper?
So far this preseason, Harrison has run for 79 yards on 23 carries and a single score and caught four balls for 29 yards.
The Browns as a whole have been up and down in their running game success, but the need for a solid backfield will be crucial in the early goings, as QB Jake Delhomme continues to get acclimated to Cleveland’s system.
And let’s not forget that Harrison did run for 862 yards on 194 carries, with five TDs while only really being featured in four games out of 13.
The end result is that Harrison has a golden opportunity in front of him to break out and show the coaching staff they have a player they can be confident in; something the staff has not displayed in the preseason.
But just to be safe, grabbing James Davis would not only be a wise decision, but a great handcuff.
I have compiled a full injury report you may want to check out entitled Top 5 Injury Concerns for the 2010 Fantasy Season.