The Cleveland Browns have one last scrimmage to get their ducks in a row before the start of the regular season. While Brandon Weeden has already been named the starting quarterback and is expected to sit out the final preseason game, there continues to be a battle between Colt McCoy and Seneca Wallace for the backup role.
Browns fans have yet to see Trent Richardson in action, with the game against the Chicago Bears on Thursday, August 30 being no exception. The coaching staff remains hopeful he will be ready to go come Sunday, September 9 for the first game of the regular season against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Speaking of backups, running back Montario Hardesty will need to hold on to the football against the Bears or run the risk of losing the reserve role to veteran Brandon Jacobs. Hardesty has fumbled against the Green Bay Packers and against the Eagles, with both being converted to touchdowns by the opposing team.
The preseason has had its share of ups and downs for Cleveland. At the very least the Browns have certainly improved but still have miles to go to be considered a playoff caliber team.
Cleveland enters the contest with a 2-1 preseason record after defeating the Detroit Lions by the score of 19-17 on Friday, August 10, defeating the Green Bay Packers by the score of 35-10 on Thursday, August 16, and falling to the Philadelphia Eagles by the score of 27-10 on Friday, August 24.
Chicago enters the contest with a 2-1 preseason record after falling to the Denver Broncos by the score of 31-3 on Thursday, August 9, defeating the Washington Redskins by the score of 33-31 on Saturday, August 18, and defeating the New York Giants by the score of 20-17 on Friday, August 24.
The regular season all-time series:
The regular season all-time series record stands at 9-5-0 in favor of the Browns.
Where to watch or listen:
Television: This game can be seen nationwide on Preseason Live or check your local television listings for broadcasts in your area.
Radio: Listen nationwide on Sirius XM Radio or check your local radio listings for broadcasts in your area.
Cleveland: CB Dimitri Patterson (ankle), RB Chris Ogbonnaya (ankle), DT Scott Paxson (knee), OT O'Niel Cousins (undisclosed), LB Scott Fujita (knee), RB Trent Richardson (knee).
Chicago: LB Brian Urlacher (knee), S Brandon Hardin (neck), WR Johnny Knox (back), FS Chris Conte (shoulder), P Adam Podlesh (hip).
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