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Browns places RB Jerome Ford on injured reserve

The Cleveland Browns will be without rookie running back Jerome Ford for a long time. Ford was placed on injured reserve after the close loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Ford appeared to suffer an ankle injury on kickoff, an area where he’s had a chance this season while being on the depth board at running back.

Ford was a fifth-round selection by the Cincinnati Browns. At this point, Ford has only seen the field at the back during the preseason. The rookie is behind Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt and D’Ernest Johnson. Along with the injury, it also ends any notion that the Browns will trade a running back.

It’s unclear how long Ford will be out, but it will be at least four weeks. Chester Rodgers may be handling the kickback now that Ford is out. Expect Demetric Felton to backtrack a bit at least in practice.

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