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2023 Rushing

Rushing Attempts
Rushing Yards
Average Yards per Rush
Rushing Touchdowns
Longest Rush
Fumbles Lost
Regular Season 63 291 4.6 1 40 1

Top Pierre Strong Jr. News

  • Browns' Pierre Strong: Taking part in OTAs

    Strong (back) was spotted participating in Wednesday's practice, Joshua Gunter of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

    Strong was inactive for Browns' wild-card loss to the Texans in January, but the back issue that prevented him from playing in the postseason looks to be well behind him at this point. After Cleveland added D'Onta Foreman and Nyheim Hines this offseason to a backfield that already includes Nick Chubb (knee) and Jerome Ford, Strong may be on the roster bubble heading into the 2024 season.

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  • Browns' Pierre Strong: Gets 63 carries in 2023

    Strong (back) had 63 carries for 291 yards and one touchdown to go with five catches for 47 yards on eight targets while appearing in all 17 regular-season games.

    Strong spent his rookie season with the Patriots in 2022 but was traded to the Browns in August. Nick Chubb's season-ending knee injury opened up an opportunity, but the Browns promoted Jerome Ford to the top of the depth chart and re-signed Kareem Hunt, leaving Strong in a little-used third-string role. Chubb is expected to be recovered by the start of the 2024 season, and Ford remains on hand as well, so Strong's usage isn't projected to increase moving forward. On a positive note, the back injury that kept Strong from playing in the team's wild-card round loss to Houston last weekend isn't expected to affect his availability moving forward.

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  • Browns' Pierre Strong: Missing wild-card round

    Strong (back) is inactive for Saturday's game against the Texans.

    Strong sustained a back injury in the Browns' regular-season finale that will hold him out of the Saturday's wild-card matchup. With Strong missing time, expect John Kelly to serve as Cleveland's third-string running back.

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  • Browns' Pierre Strong: Questionable versus Houston

    Strong (back) is listed as questionable for Cleveland's wild-card matchup against Houston on Saturday, Mary Kay Cabot of reports.

    Strong suffered a back injury during the team's season finale, which has cast doubt on his availability for Saturday's playoff game. If the 2022 fourth-round pick ends up being unable to play, James Proche should handle Cleveland's kick-return duties.

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  • Browns' Pierre Strong: Manages limited practice Wednesday

    Strong (back) was a limited participant at practice Wednesday, Jake Trotter of reports.

    Strong was unable to practice Tuesday, so his presence at Wednesday's session represents a step in the right direction. Even still, he'll probably need to practice in full Thursday to avoid carrying an injury designation into Friday and possibly Saturday.

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  • Browns' Pierre Strong: Spectator at practice Tuesday

    Strong (back) isn't participating in Tuesday's practice, Jake Trotter of reports.

    Strong was missing from the Browns' first practice of the week just two days after seeing his largest workload of the season in Cleveland's 31-14 loss to Cincinnati. Since the Browns were already locked in as the AFC's No. 5 seed in the playoffs, the coaching staff held out or limited several key players in the regular-season finale, including Jerome Ford and Kareem Hunt (groin). That resulted in Strong taking on his biggest workload of the season. The former Patriot played 27 snaps on offense and carried the ball 14 times for 65 yards before he left the game in the second half due to a back injury, which now threatens his availability for Saturday's wild-card game in Houston.

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  • Browns' Pierre Strong: Lead role cut short by injury

    Strong exited in the second half of Sunday's 31-14 loss to the Bengals with an apparent back injury, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports. He rushed 14 times for 65 yards and didn't catch his only target prior to the injury.

    Strong worked as the primary ball carrier before getting hurt, as Jerome Ford got three carries and Kareem Hunt registered just one touch. Ford and Hunt are expected to lead Cleveland's backfield in the wild-card round against the Texans, so Strong will likely be bumped back down to a third-string role if his back injury doesn't keep him from suiting up.

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  • Browns' Pierre Strong: Could work as lead back Sunday

    Strong was spotted warming up with the starting offense prior to Sunday's game against the Bengals, Zac Jackson of The Athletic reports.

    Strong has been the No. 3 option on the depth chart for much of the season, but he looks as though he could get a look in a lead role out of the backfield in the regular-season finale. Though Cleveland is keeping both Jerome Ford and Kareem Hunt active, the team's top two running backs may only handle light roles Sunday while the team is already locked in as the No. 5 seed in the AFC playoffs. The Browns' main goal is to escape Week 18 with the health of its key players intact, creating plenty of opportunities for depth options like Strong to see their most extensive work of the season. Strong has carried 49 times for 226 yards and a touchdown to go with five catches for 47 yards on seven targets through Cleveland's first 16 games.

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  • Browns' Pierre Strong: Plays support role in win

    Strong had four carries for 29 yards and lost a fumble in Thursday's 37-20 win over the Jets in Week 17.

    Strong was on the field for 14 offensive snaps, getting work to spell both Jerome Ford and Kareem Hunt in what became a blowout by the end of the first half. The quick turnaround added some intrigue, as Hunt dealt with a groin injury early in the practice week. However, Strong was not needed for anything more than the role he's played the last few weeks: a handful of touches and a healthy dose of special teams duty.

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  • Browns' Pierre Strong: Most carries since Week 8

    Strong had five carries for 22 yards, did not catch his lone target and returned one kickoff for 36 yards in Sunday's 36-22 win over Houston in Week 16.

    Strong's opening kickoff return gave the offense good field position, which set up a 53-yard connection from quarterback Joe Flacco to wideout Amari Cooper. Three plays later, the Browns had a 7-0 lead just 1:42 into the game. That sequence set the tone of the day. On offense, Strong's five totes were his most since Week 8 when Jerome Ford was dealing with an ankle injury. The Browns return to action quickly, Thursday night at home against the Jets, which could lead to a bigger role for Strong as Kareem Hunt is working through a groin injury.

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  • Browns' Pierre Strong: Will play vs. Bears

    Strong (illness) does not carry an injury designation into Sunday's game versus the Bears, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

    Strong did not participate at practice Thursday due to an illness, but he was able to manage a full practice Friday and is set to play Sunday. He's unlikely to see more than a couple carries as long as Jerome Ford and Kareem Hunt remain available.

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  • Browns' Pierre Strong: Misses practice with illness

    Strong did not participate in practice Thursday due to an illness, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

    The kick returner and third-string running back will have one more practice day to try to get back on the field ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Bears. Strong has 38 carries for 173 yards and a touchdown in 2023.

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  • Browns' Pierre Strong: Won't practice Thursday

    Strong isn't practicing Thursday due to an undisclosed reason, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

    Strong didn't appear Wednesday on the Browns' initial Week 15 injury report, so it's unclear why he's not on the field a day later. Elsewhere in the Cleveland backfield, Kareem Hunt (groin) returned to practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday, while Jerome Ford (wrist) opened Week 15 prep as a limited participant.

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  • Browns' Pierre Strong: Gets one carry in Week 14

    Strong played five of 76 snaps on offense and carried once for zero yards in Sunday's 31-27 win over the Jaguars. He also returned a kickoff for 29 yards.

    Strong took two carries for 20 yards in last week's 36-19 loss to the Rams, but he didn't have the opportunity to build on that performance while the Browns leaned more heavily on Jerome Ford and Kareem Hunt in a more tightly contested Week 14 game. Ford emerged from Sunday's win with a wrist injury, so if he's unable to play through the issue in the Browns' Week 15 game against the Bears, Strong could see a heightened role as a change-of-pace option behind Hunt.

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  • Browns' Pierre Strong: Makes cameo on offense

    Strong had one carry for one yard and caught his lone target for four yards in Sunday's 13-10 win over the Steelers.

    Three weeks ago, it looked like there could be a role for Strong in Cleveland's offense, but he's been limited to eight snaps over the last three games, including his three against Pittsburgh. He maintains a spot as a kick returner, but all three kickoffs from the Steelers were touchbacks. If Jerome Ford and Kareem Hunt stay healthy, there's little room for Strong in the backfield.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-11, 215 lbs
Birthplace: Little Rock, AR
Age: 25
School: S. Dakota St.
Experience: 3