The Browns did not make a trade before the NFL's 4 p.m. trade deadline, but they still tweaked their roster today by signing running back Chris Ogbonnaya off the Houston Texans' practice squad, the team announced.
The Browns also waived undrafted rookie running back Armond Smith to make room for Ogbonnaya, who's pictured above. Smith has appeared in three games this season, rushing for 2 yards on three carries.
Adding Ogbonnaya to the active roster gives the Browns a new option at running back while starter Peyton Hillis deals with a hamstring injury he suffered Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. Earlier today, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that Hillis could be traded even though coach Pat Shurmur said Monday that Hillis was not on the trading block.
In the end, the trade deadline passed without Hillis, whose rookie contract is set to expire after this season, being dealt.
The 6-foot, 226-pound Ogbonnaya played in two games this season for the Texans before being waived and signed to their practice squad last week. Ogbonnaya, who has three carries for 6 yards this season, also spent the 2010 season on the Texans' practice squad.
In 2009, the St. Louis Rams drafted Ogbonnaya in the seventh round (211th overall). Browns coach Pat Shurmur served as the Rams' offensive coordinator during Ogbonnaya's rookie season. Ogbonnaya played in two games under Shurmur, rushing 11 times for 50 yards (4.5 average).
Ogbonnaya, 25, will also reunite with Browns quarterback Colt McCoy. The two were teammates at the University of Texas. As a senior at Texas, Ogbonnaya had 74 carries for 373 yards (5.0 average) and four touchdowns and 46 receptions for 540 yards and three touchdowns.
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