One of the bigger moves the Cleveland Browns made in the offseason was bringing in former Texans running back Ben Tate with the hope that he could help fix a running game that sucked a big ‘un in 2013. Unfortunately, it’s looking like the Browns are going to have to wait and see if this is a move that ends up paying-off.
Tate suffered a knee sprain and left last week’s loss to the Steelers in the first half, never to return. His status has been in question all week until today when Cleveland announced that Tate is officially ruled-out for Week 2, and probably longer. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network says that Tate is expected to miss between 2-4 weeks with the injury.
This obviously sucks for Tate’s fantasy owners, but Tate injuries are hardly anything new. He was routinely banged-up during his time in Houston, it seemed. Fortunately, both of Cleveland’s backups looked very strong in Tate’s stead on opening day. Rookie Terrance West toted dat rock 16 times for 100 yards on Sunday, while Isaiah Crowell scored a pair of touchdowns on 5 carries.
Based on the totals after Tate left the game in Week 1, you’d obviously like West more than Crowell if you’re scouring the waiver wire for a Tate replacement. He apparently will be getting the bulk of the carries. However, Crowell is probably worth a spot-start at the flex spot in the event that he is able to find paydirt again. The Brownies are facing a Saints defense this week that allowed the Falcons to run-up 37 points last week, so there’s potential here for some solid production.
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