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Browns starting RB Ben Tate returns to practice after missing 2 games with sprained knee

FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2014, file photo, Cleveland Browns running back Ben Tate (44) runs from Washington Redskins defensive end Jarvis Jenkins (99) and linebacker Keenan Robinson (52) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Landover, Md. Tate has returned to practice after missing Cleveland's past two games with a sprained right knee. Wearing a brace, Tate was on the practice field Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014,  for the first time since Sept. 5 as the Browns returned from their bye week. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski, File)

FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2014, file photo, Cleveland Browns running back Ben Tate (44) runs from Washington Redskins defensive end Jarvis Jenkins (99) and linebacker Keenan Robinson (52) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Landover, Md. Tate has returned to practice after missing Cleveland's past two games with a sprained right knee. Wearing a brace, Tate was on the practice field Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, for the first time since Sept. 5 as the Browns returned from their bye week. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski, File)  (The Associated Press)

Browns starting running back Ben Tate has returned to practice after missing Cleveland's past two games with a sprained right knee.

Wearing a brace, Tate was on the practice field Tuesday for the first time since Sept. 5 as the Browns returned from their bye week. Tate made hard cuts on his knee and looked quick during the portion of practice open to the media. He was injured in the first half of the Sept. 7 opener in Pittsburgh.

Tate was signed as a free agent in March after three seasons with Houston. He could return to the lineup this week when the Browns (1-2) visit Tennessee.

While Tate was out, rookie Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell filled in and performed well. West has rushed for 209 yards and Crowell has scored three touchdowns and is averaging 5.2 yards per carry.

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