With running back Willis McGahee officially ruled out of Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears due to a concussion, the Cleveland Browns will rely on Chris Ogbonnaya and Fozzy Whittaker to share the workload in the backfield.
Ogbonnaya is averaging 5.3 yards on 42 carries this season, but has brought increased value as a receiver out of the backfield. He has 41 catches for 291 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
"He's an extremely valuable guy on a team, the type of guy that every team needs," Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said. "Can do a lot of different things, he just brings his lunch pail to work every day, and regardless of what the role is, whether it's fullback, whether it's tailback, whether it's special teams, whether he's catching, whether he's blocking, whether he's running the ball, he does all of those things well, and has a great attitude."
Also out is left guard John Greco, who has a knee injury and will be replaced in the starting lineup in place of Jason Pinkston. It has been a long road back to the field for Pinkston, who returned from an embolism only to suffer a high-ankle sprain.
"I've really been impressed with his attitude, how he's worked, the weight room, all the extra things, the rehab; he was in there non-stop," Chudzinski said. "Just in the game, you could see him excited about playing again, so I feel good for him. He did a good job last week and he's had a good week of practice."
Quarterback Brandon Weeden has cleared the concussion protocol and will return to serve as Jason Campbell's backup after sitting out last week's game.
Tight end Andre Smith was ruled out Friday with a calf strain suffered in practice the previous day. Whether he'll return before the end of the season is uncertain.
--LT Joe Thomas (back) practiced Friday and is probable. Thomas has never missed a snap in a game since being drafted in 2007.