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Give me the ball

September 30, 2010 - Mike McLain
It wasn't exactly like Keyshawn Johnson begging for the football during his playing career, but Browns running back Jerome Harrison quietly got his point across.

Harrison's locker was surrounded by reporters Wednesday. Each was anxious to see how his injured thigh was feeling, and there was curiousity about his role in the offense. Harrison didn't have much to say, but he did insinuate that he doesn't have a role.

Coach Eric Mangini responded Thursday when he said his door is always open to players that are unhappy about any issue. Harrison seems to qualify for a spot on the list of unhappy players.

Harrison has 25 carries for 85 yards in twp games. He sat out last Sunday's game in Baltimore when Peyton Hillis rushed for 144 yards.

Harrison hasn't appeared to be happy since the start of training camp. It could be because the Browns selected running back Montario Hardesty in the second round of the draft and traded for Hillis. Until Hardesty suffered a season-ending knee surgery in the final preseason game, the plan indicated that Hardesty would be a big part of the offense.

Harrison said before the start of the season that he wasn't upset about his role. He also said that if he has a problem he wouldn't hesitate to voice his concerns to the coaching staff.

That time might be close at hand.


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