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AFC North: Banged-up Cleveland Browns backfield becoming a concern

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Aug 15, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Brandon Jackson (27) avoids Detroit Lions linebacker Travis Lewis (50) during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Jackson has now gone from a guy squarely on the roster bubble, to now being the likely No. 2 tailback behind Richardson, and he’s ready for the oppurtunity:

"It’s tough. But looking forward it’s a great opportunity for me to come in and continue to get better every practice, every rep and continue to show the coaches that I can catch, I can run, I can block and that I can help the team win.”"

Jackson is used to stepping up when everyone else had already counted him out. In Green Bay, when starter Ryan Grant suffered ligament damage to his ankle during the first game of the 2010 season, Jackson was named the starter, and notched career highs with 703 yards rushing and 342 yards receiving, and helped the Packers win their fourth Super bowl title.

The Browns signed Jackson in 2011 as free agent, but he missed the entire season after suffering torn ligaments in his big toe during the preseason. Last season, he played in just two games while Richardson and Hardesty were the featured backs.

Now, he’ll be called upon once again to give his team a spark, at least when Richardson needs relief.

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