Instead, it was a play that threw the entire gameplan into disarray. Shea suffered a left shoulder injury while fighting for the first-down marker, ending his day and possibly his season.
"Shea is a starter in every offensive package we've got, with the exception of when we go with four wide receivers," said Butch Davis. "Not only is he in all of the offensive packages, but he is a starter and plays an enormous amount on special teams. So, it is a double-edged sword when you lose someone like him."
Shea took over as the Browns' starting H-back after Mike Sellers was released two weeks ago. He had been serving as a backup to both Sellers and tight end O.J. Santiago.
His loss forced some the Browns' coaching staff to do some quick problem solving. The result was several players playing in some very unfamiliar positions.
Running backs James Jackson and Jamel White ended up in the same backfield for the first time all season.
"That was completely made up," said Davis. "You have to give our offensive coaches credit for being able to go out there and get two guys in there who were able to make plays because we were completely out of people."
Shea wasn't the only injury that forced some quick improvisation.
"I was proud of the way our guys really fought under that kind of adversity," said offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. "It was tough on the sideline right off the bat. We basically lost our three-and-four wide receiver (sets) when Quincy Morgan (injured his shoulder). He came back ... I've never had a (situation like this) in the NFL