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Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Ogbonnaya inches closer to starting

By Jamison Hensley

Browns third-string running back Chris Ogbonnaya moved closer to making his first NFL start when starter Peyton Hillis sat out another practice with a pulled hamstring.

Running against Houston, which has the sixth-best run defense in the NFL, would be a major challenge for Ogbonnaya. He is a third-down specialist who is considered a marginal NFL prospect. Ogbonnaya would make his first start at Houston, where he was on the Texans' practice squad a month ago.

The Browns were hopeful that Hillis would return this week after missing the past two games. Backup Montario Hardesty is expected to be out at least two weeks after suffering a torn calf muscle last Sunday.

Ogbonnaya had 61 total yards when he replaced Hardesty last Sunday. He's had double-digit touches in two career games.

With the lack of depth at running back, the Browns signed Thomas Clayton after a tryout Tuesday.

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