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Browns Work Out Three Running Backs, Including Armond Smith

Old school -- Armond Smith.
Old school -- Armond Smith.
Jason Miller

On Monday, the Cleveland Browns announced that OLB Quentin Groves was headed to the injured reserved list, with his roster spot being filled by ILB Brandon Magee. Magee had been on the team for most of the season as a special teams contributor before being waived and placed on the practice squad a couple of weeks ago.

That's not all the Browns did on Monday. Although they did not make any other transactions, they worked out a trio of running backs, according to Adam Caplan of SiriusXM:

Here are some brief notes about each player:

  • RB Armond Smith: He might be the most recognizable name for Browns fans. Back when Dion Lewis broke his leg, I speculated on a couple of players the Browns might have been interested in replacing him as a kick returner, and Smith was one of those guys.

    Smith actually began his career with the Browns in 2011 as an undrafted free agent, and was best known for showing off his speed on a 81-yard touchdown run in the preseason that year. He then went to Carolina in 2012, where he was at the bottom of the depth chart in Rob Chudzinski's offense. He was deep on the depth chart for the Panthers again this year, but was just recently waived after the return of RB Jonathan Stewart.

  • RB Kahlil Bell: He is the most accomplished running back of the group. An undrafted free agent by the Bears in 2009, he served as one of their backup running backs for four years, totaling 148 carries for 633 yards (4.3 YPC) to go along with 22 catches for 150 yards.

  • RB Armando Allen: He was also a backup running back for the Bears for the past couple of seasons. In fact, Browns fans might actually be aware of him because he's made some noise against us in the preseason the past two years. In the 2012 preseason game, he had 16 carries for 83 yards (5.2 YPC) and 5 catches for 51 yards and 1 TD against Cleveland alone. This year, he was held to 10 carries for 39 yards in the preseason contest against us, but didn't make Chicago's final roster cuts. In his NFL career, he has 42 carries for 172 yards (4.1 YPC) and 1 TD.

The Browns might not end up signing any of the running backs, but could be keeping their options open if they want to add someone with more burst than RB Willis McGahee -- Chudzinski already hinted before the bye week that they would like to get RB Chris Ogbonnaya some more carries, and RB Fozzy Whittaker has looked good as a receiver and a kick returner.

In semi-related news, a former Browns running back is getting a look elsewhere: