On Tuesday Ben Tate participated in his first practice, brace in tow, since his knee injury earlier this month. It was also the first Browns practice after their bye week. Coach Mike Pettine watched Tate in practice and said he looks good to go, but that a final announcement will be made later in the week.
Tate is coming back to a team of three running backs vying for spots. The rookie backs, Terrence West and Isaiah Crowell, have played well in Tate's absence. "I'm proud of those guys,'' said Tate. "I'm not a guy who - I believe in myself and I know what I can do and I believe in my talents. I'm never one of those guys that wants to hate on the next guy. I'm proud of those guys. I'm proud of what they've done but I also think they could have done a better job, too, and I let those guys know that, because the better they are, the better the room's going to be. The better this team's going to be." West is averaging 4.3 yards per carry with two touchdowns. Crowell is averaging 5.2 yards and has rushed for three touchdowns.
Tate is excited to return to the field as soon as this Sunday in Tennessee. "It felt great to be out there again,'' said Tate. "I'm like a little kid in a candy store right now. We'll see how it goes. It's still early on. I have to go through a full practice and see how it feels. If it feels good, I'll go. If not we'll wait and see."