Cleveland Browns Sign RB Thomas Clayton; Waive WR Brian Robiskie

Montario Hardesty will miss two weeks due to injury, according to reports. The Cleveland Browns running back tore his calf muscle in Sunday's loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

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Cleveland Browns News: Browns Release WR Brian Robiskie

The Cleveland Browns officially announced an agreement with running back Thomas Clayton to a contract while releasing wide receiver Brian Robiskie.

Robiskie, the former Ohio State standout, never could get his career off the ground after being drafted in the 2nd Round of the 2009 NFL Draft. After a career-high 29 receptions in 2010, Robiskie had just 3 catches for 25 yards in six games in 2011.

Clayton is in his second tour with the Browns after spending time with Cleveland and the New England Patriots in 2010. Clayton could be pressed right into duty with the Browns’ running backs decimated by injury.

Peyton Hillis has been hobbled much of the season with various injuries, most notably a hamstring injury suffered in the Browns’ loss to the Oakland Raiders. His replacement, Montario Hardesty, suffered a ‘moderate tear’ in his calf muscle and will miss at least 2 games.

The situation is so dire that the Browns have considered Josh Cribbs for backfield duty.


Report: Cleveland Browns Sign RB Thomas Clayton

The Cleveland Browns have reportedly signed former Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Clayton, according to a FOXSports report.

Montario Hardesty recently went down for a couple of weeks with an injury, significantly hurting the Browns’ depth at the position.

Clayton has been in the NFL since 2008 and has seen time with the Patriots, Seahawks, and 49ers. He is a bigger back at 5’11" 222 pounds out of Kansas State and could help the Browns in short-yardage situations if the need should arise.


Montario Hardesty Injury: Torn Calf Muscle Will Keep Him Out Of At Least Two Games

Montario Hardesty filled in admirably for Peyton Hillis when the Cleveland Browns starting running back missed time due to injury. With Hardesty suffering a torn calf muscle in Sunday's loss to the San Francisco 49ers, however, the team will need to find someone else to rely on until the backfield can get get healthy.

"Hardesty will most likely be out at least two weeks with his torn calf muscle," according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot.  Hardesty missed the entire 2010 season, his rookie year, after suffering a torn ACL in Cleveland's first preseason game.

If Hillis is unable to get healthy by the team's next game, Chris Ogbonnaya would be the only running back available on the Browns active squad -- and considering he was only signed off the Houston Texans' practice squad on Oct. 18, there are doubts he'd be able to step in and make much of a difference.

The Browns are likely to look at running back's on Tuesday, according to Cabot, and may even give wide receiver Josh Cribbs a look in the backfield.

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