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Browns Activate Chris Ogbonnaya Against Bengals, Brandon Jackson An Unexpected Scratch

The Cleveland Browns have some decisions to make at the running back position. They currently have four guys on the roster: rookie Trent Richardson, Montario Hardesty, Chris Ogbonnaya and Brandon Jackson. Many thought that Jackson would be getting some carries, but he was a healthy scratch from Cleveland's Week 2 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals, in favor of Ogbonnaya.

Ogbonnaya took some third-down carries and caught a few passes for 73 yards. He made a real impact on the game, and head coach Pat Shurmur agrees, according to The Plain Dealer:

Shurmur decided to activate RB Chris Ogbonnaya this week instead of Brandon Jackson, who had two catches for 20 yards last week. Ogbonnaya lost a fumble after a catch, but the Bengals failed to convert. He caught all six passes thrown his way for 73 yards, including a long of 21, the one he lost.

"He had a real impact on the game," said Shurmur.

Hardesty, who has served as the Browns' backup and even starter in the case of injuries in the past, has yet to touch the ball in the regular season. This could mean that Ogbonnaya gets his roster spot, which would be a surprise given the feeling in the preseason that he might be on the outside looking in. There's also a chance that Jackson finds his spot up for question, given that he was the one who was scratched in favor of Ogbonnaya on Sunday.

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