Browns' Top Running Back Out For Season

BEREA, Ohio (AP) - The Cleveland Browns, who already have one of the weakest rushing attacks in the NFL, on Thursday put their top running back, James Jackson, on injured reserve.

Jackson, a rookie, who leads the team with 554 yards rushing, will miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury.

Jackson aggravated a left ankle sprain in the first quarter of Sunday's defeat against the Jacksonville Jaguars and left the game with two carries for 6 yards.

The Browns' rushing offense ranks 29th in the league -- ahead of only the Carolina Panthers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- with an average of 79.1 yards per game.

Jamel White and Ben Gay, the two backs behind Jackson, have combined for 350 yards.

The Browns also activated running back Carl Fair off the practice squad and signed defensive lineman Derrick Ham to the practice squad.

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