Mike Pettine and offensive coordinator John DeFilippo made it very clear that they are planning to be a run oriented offense.
However, the troops are beginning to get thin.
Duke Johnson (hamstring), Terrance West (calf), Glenn Winston (knee) and Luke Lundy all sat out Tuesday's practice. In fact, the Browns had to sign two running backs just to run drills. They brought in free agents Jalen Parmele from Toledo and Timothy Flanders from Sam Houston State on Monday.
"Just being able to practice we had to bring some guys in," Pettine said.
Pettine said it's disappointing to be so low at running back position this early in camp.
"It is because you have to practice (the running game)," Pettine said. "It's hard when the lineup is constantly being churned like the way it is. You want to settle it in camp because they're all young and they need the reps and when they're not out there it is a source of frustration."
On Sunday, Pettine said West is close to returning, but he made it sound as though Johnson might be out a little bit.
It's just disappointing that a guy we're counting on to be a big part of what we're trying to do, to lose him at this formative time of what we're getting done, that's tough," Pettine said. "He'll have a lot of catching up work to do. He's doing it mentally, but there's no substitute for live reps."